Article by David Axe April 25, 2020 (nationalinterest.org)
• Mainstream scientists maintain that we have not yet made contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, and believe that first contact with alien life will come in the form of either a robotic space probe finding evidence of microbes on Mars, Enceladus, Europa or some other distant body; or telescopes detecting radio broadcasts from far-away civilizations.
• In a 2011 paper (see here), a team of scientists from America’s NASA Planetary Science Division conceded that contact with intelligent extraterrestrials “remains possible”. “Contact with uncooperative [extra-terrestrial intelligence] seems likely to be harmful to humanity,” they warned.
• In 2012, Paul Springer, a history teacher at the US Air Command and Staff College in Alabama, told an Australian TV program that Washington has contingency plans for ‘attackers from beyond the solar system’. In the event of an alien invasion, “the first thing you would need to try to do is preserve your forces,” Springer said. In other words, hide. After that, “learn as much about the enemy as possible.” The aliens, meanwhile, would probably target Earth’s communications networks and its most potent weapons.
• As the world’s leading military powers, America and Russia would be the main targets. The two super powers would likely lead the eventual counterattack. Together, the two countries could field huge air, land, sea and space forces numbering thousands of warplanes, millions of soldiers, hundreds of ships and most of the world’s spacecraft.
• In the event of an alien attack, America and Russia would need to join forces, becoming close allies in the ‘First Alien War’, says Springer, and would remain unified thereafter. “Keep in mind, many of the greatest civilizations in human history formed to counter a common enemy.”
• In 2013, Sergei Berezhnoy, a Russian space official on the staff of the Titov Space Control Center remarked, “There are enough problems on Earth and in near-Earth space.” Moscow has no strategy for combating an invasion by galactic marauders.
In an odd episode in 2013, a Russian space official admitted, unprovoked, that Moscow has no strategy for combating an invasion by galactic
marauders. Luckily for Planet Earth, the United States does have a plan. And it counts on Russia and America fighting together.
Sergei Berezhnoy, on the staff of the Titov Space Control Center near Moscow, said that Russian air-defense officers “have not been tasked with preparing for the contingency of an alien attack,” according to Ria Novosti.
“There are enough problems on Earth and in near-Earth space,” Berezhnoy added.
A team of scientists from America’s NASA Planetary Science Division disagreed. “While humanity has not yet observed any extraterrestrial intelligence, contact with ETI remains possible,” Seth Baum, Jacob Haqq-Misra and Shawn Domagal-Goldman wrote in a 2011 paper.
The scientists conceded that extraterrestrials could be friendly or ambivalent—but we can’t be sure. “Contact with uncooperative [extra-terrestrial intelligence] seems likely to be harmful to humanity,” they warned.
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