They like nukes. Or at least they seem to.
In an article describing actual military plans to repel a hypothetical alien invasion, Professor Paul Springer of the U.S. Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and formerly of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, pointed to the number of UFO sightings that have occurred near nuclear facilities. If aliens were to invade, one of their first orders of business would be to eliminate any weapons that might be a threat to them. Our nuclear forces would be on the top of that list. For over sixty years, military bases that hosed nuclear weapons have been the subject of numerous UFO visitations. A few of those encounters are even among the very best UFO cases in terms of evidence.
Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls, Montana is responsible for the oversight of numerous underground silos containing Minuteman nuclear missiles. In 1967, a UFO appeared over the Launch Control Center of the complex and numerous missiles went offline. Robert Salas, who was the Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander at the time, has gone on record about this incident on numerous occasions. I've read of other accounts where UFOs had actually begun to feed in the launch codes to nuclear missiles and then halted before release. I'm having trouble corroborating those stories so that's going to have to remain anecdotal for the time being. Nevertheless, the Malmstrom case leaves us with one troubling fact...a UFO rendered an arm of our nuclear deterrent unlaunchable.
There is of course the Rendlesham case in Britain of 1980. Several veterans of the U.S. Air Force encountered a UFO while they were charged with guarding an airbase. This airbase housed nuclear weapons and the object appeared to demonstrate great interest in the storage facilities that contained said weapons. You can read more about this case and its evidence at the link. Suffice to say that both the U.S. and the RAF stated that "nothing of defense interest occurred on the date of the sighting." So either a UFO of unknown origin penetrated a secure base housing nuclear weapons or the men in charge of securing those weapons all suffered a mass hallucination, up to and including touching the physical craft. Neither of which are of "defense interest." Great.
Here's more on the two above cases from a 2010 gathering at the National Press Club.
Additionally, there are numerous reports of UFOs hovering around nuclear power plants or atomic energy facilities such as Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and Savannah River. Dr. Donald Johnson does a good job of going into this phenomenon at great length in his paper, Do Nuclear Facilities Attract UFOs? One of the more interesting cases that he illustrates is that of a UFO sighted over the Chernobyl nuclear reactor during the time of the 1986 disaster. Technicians reported sighing a brass-colored orb hovering over the reactor about three hours after the initial explosion:
"Two bright red rays shot out from the UFO and were directed at the reactor. It hovered in the area for about three minutes, then the rays vanished and the UFO moved slowly away to the northwest. Radiation levels taken just before the UFO appeared read 3,000 milliroentgens/hour, and after the rays the readings showed 800 milliroentgens/hour. Apparently the UFO had brought down the radiation level."
While it may be that this incident was a product of the understandably overstressed brains of the Chernobyl technicians, the fact remains that there is...as Johnson posits and supports...a higher incidence of UFO activity around nuclear facilities. No wonder that Professor Springer keeps this firmly in mind as he serves to prepare a response to an alien attack. This standpoint, however, moves from the assumption that UFO cases are alien in nature.
They may be. I'll grant you that possibility. That is, however, only one of many horses in the derby of UFO origins. Regardless of the nature and origin of the UFOs, they do exhibit strong interest in our nuclear capability. Why? Perhaps to siphon off energy for themselves. Perhaps to warn us of as a few would conjecture, save us from the woe that may one day betide us for our nuclear dalliances. Whatever the case may be, I'm tossing "UFO presence" onto the ever-growing list of "why to not own property near a nuclear plant."
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