I imagine scientists freak out when they see the laws of physics get broken. Aliens aren’t even the threat from that- it’s the fear of a global power owning air superiority through tech we can’t understand.

Enter the DoD and their All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). AARO has to defend our cities and silos from asteroids and supersonic nuclear missiles, but they’re also into some kinky shit like “anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects.”

Emphasis added by me. The DoD has a literal SCP gang exploring interdimensional warfare.

Anyway, Harvard’s Avi Loeb and AARO’s Sean Kirkpatrick got together to write this paper suggesting the declassified military sightings all over Youtube are probably coming from a self-replicating mothership hanging out somewhere in our solar system. 

They think it wants our water.