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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Does the military have actual plans to fight space aliens in case we are invaded by a superior spacefaring civilization?

I read somewhere that the U.S. military once planned for such a contingency, but I can't remember much about it. (Must be because of the Men in Black.  Wink )

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4135 times:

To plan against an enemy you must surely have an idea of their capabilities, we know of no alien races so unfortunately there is no way we could plan against an attack by them. Possibly an exercise to test officer cadets imagination or something similiar??

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Yes, it could have been an exercise.

I assume that the military prepares for everything, in any event.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4801 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Well nukes would be about the only option really.
If aliens came to attack Earth, it would mean that they would be technologically more advanced than us (the fact that they have travelled so far thru space...) and would likely possess more advanced weapons. Shields (of the startrek/starwars/stargate/ sci show variety) or no shields a nuke blast nearby would be bound to cause significant damage.
There would be very little reason for aliens to come all the way to Earth simply to destroy us... If they were hostile, it would either be they come here to colonise, or to enslave us, simply destroying the plannet would serve very little purpose...



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3913 times:

Come on now, fight aliens? I don't think basing anything on bad Sc-Fi movies is sensible.
In any case, you could say, WHAT aliens?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,,1769463,00.html


User currently offlineAtmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 3):
There would be very little reason for aliens to come all the way to Earth simply to destroy us... If they were hostile, it would either be they come here to colonise, or to enslave us, simply destroying the plannet would serve very little purpose...

Maybe they have a time machine that has allowed them to look into the future and see a time where Earthlings are giving them trouble.

Or maybe they would come through to build that interstellar superhighway.

I think sci-fi writers have come up with numerous excuses for aliens to come Earth to destroy us.  Wink



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3835 times:

You can also argue that even if time travel is impossible, as conventional thinking still tends to assert, then the lack of intervention in our present, to say nothing of our past, is no guarantee that at some future time (perhaps literally tomorrow), some rogue members of an alien civilization will view Earth as fair game from close range. And since such members might be their equivalent of motorcycle rebels, raisin' hell for the sake of it, well, there goes the argument that a sufficiently advanced race wouldn't take advantage of an immature one such as ours.

 

The argument that a race sufficiently advanced to travel interstellar distances wouldn't have a chance of being defeated is better, but there's no saying whether the above argument might still apply. For example, on Earth today, the existence of high-tech militaries is not absolute assurance that mercenaries wouldn't want to try their hand at doing small-scale operations that don't require anything more advanced than Rugers or AK-47's.

Hence, if some interstellar equivalent of the bad guys in those Mad Max movies comes along, we -- meaning humanity -- might still have a chance of holding them off, at least until the interstellar cavalry comes along. If it ever does.

[Edited 2006-05-08 12:34:35]

User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

send up will smith with the flu everything will be fine

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