A̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ invasion is a favorite theme in sci-fi films. The protagonist goes about his often unremarkable daily life. Until one day, giant spaceships appear in the sky and an attack begins.
The space invaders are ruthless, technologically and biologically superior, and the situation looks bleak.
Until our hero saves the day by blowing up the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ mother ship, killing the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ queen. Of course, these are just plots in films.
While there are no (publicly available) government procedures for responding to an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ attack, it’s not hard to imagine what steps they would take.
Civilians will likely be ordered to stay in their homes or nearby shelters and wait for further instructions. Instructions and news will be broadcast on television and radio, as well as through social networks.
Once precautions have been taken, the next course of action will be to assess the threat and organize a response. Humanity will try to contact a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s in order to understand the motives for their penetration into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Specially equipped emissaries would be sent to places where direct contact with a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s could be made.
These experts in linguistics, psychology, biology and combat will try to get a non-violent response from a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ beings. Use of non-aggressive gestures such as images projected onto large screens or signs drawn on the ground by heavy machinery.
The military will also try to use both wireless and radio transmissions for communication. Each of these measures must be assessed individually and will not be applied if a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s may find them threatening. For example, screens that display images can be mistaken for energy weapons.
An a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ entity sending a non-aggressive gesture in response will be considered a successful communication attempt. This gesture, whether auditory, visual or in the form of energy or vibration, will be recorded by a series of mobile sensor arrays.
Then artificial intelligence and human experts around the world will process the recorded data and try to translate it as quickly and accurately as possible.
Since the fate of mankind may depend on a timely response, these data will be accompanied by video broadcasts, biometric information and comments on the spot from the biologists and psychologists.
They will provide a scientific description of the events, a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ morphology and how they gave their answers.
In the event that the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s do not respond and remain obedient, the global satellite systems will monitor the movements of their fleet, trying to determine their intentions: invasion or friendly visit.
After that, preliminary threat assessments will be available. Weapon data and basic biological data on a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s. This will give humanity answers to questions such as:
– What is an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ arsenal?
– What technologies and materials do they use for their ships?
– What kind of creatures are these a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s? How do they communicate? What armor do they use?
– Are there flaws in their technology that we could use to our advantage?
– Does humanity have a chance to resist a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ invaders?
For more than a decade, a team of experts has been trying to figure out if humanity should be afraid of an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ threat.
Now a question for earthlings: do you believe in the existence of an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ mind? Could other planets be inhabited by little green men who want to take over the Earth?