… lack sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects observed by American military pilots including whether they are advanced earthly technologies, atmospherics or of an extraterrestrial origin. –Steve Gorman, “Watershed U.S. UFO report does not rule out extraterrestrial origin” at Reuters via Yahoo News (June 25, 2021)
But read on:
The report marked a turning point for the U.S. government after the military spent decades deflecting, debunking and discrediting observations of unidentified flying objects and “flying saucers” dating back to the 1940s.Steve Gorman, “Watershed U.S. UFO report does not rule out extraterrestrial origin” at Reuters via Yahoo News (June 25, 2021)
More than anything, the report marks a change in attitude. At one time, lack of sufficient data was, essentially, a basis for dismissing whatever was happening. Now they must, at least, take it seriously. For one thing, the superior technology might not be alien, it might be earthlings who are better equipped than the U.S. military. – News, “The Pentagon’s UAP (UFO) report signals a sharp attitude change” at Mind Matters News
Takehome: No, the brass didn’t report UFOs. But they reported enough mysteries to stop merely debunking and discrediting… and follow the evidence.
Our physics color commentator Rob Sheldon notes,
It’s a peculiar observation that intelligent design is allowed for SETI but not for biology. It is as if there is an invisible wall between the organic and inorganic, where the organic must be chance and the inorganic must be design. So Avi Loeb can hypothesize that Oumuamua is a designed space probe, and we should search the Moon for wreckage of previous space probes, but the presence of organic molecules on the Moon and on every comet we’ve explored is merely chance. Or the author of this SciAm blog, who thinks we have been visited by space probes in the past, but DNA from space is highly unlikely.
You may also wish to read:
The UAPs (UFOs) are “not caused by any U.S. advanced technology.” And that’s all the Pentagon probably really knows. Some, including physicist Mark Buchanan, hope we never find out if it’s aliens or not. (June 19, 2026)