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U.S. Department Of Defense On UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 06:57:58 -0400
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Subject: U.S. Department Of Defense On UFOs 




Source: U.S. Department of Defense - Washington, DC

http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/16.html

08/08/2006


Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)

This issue is no longer being investigated by the Defense
Department. As you may know, the United States Air Force began
investigating UFOs in 1948 under a program called Project Sign.
Later the program's name was changed to Project Grudge, and in
1953 it was changed again to Project Blue Book. On December 17,
1969, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination
of Project Blue Book.

The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on a
number of factors, including reports and studies by the
University of Colorado and the National Academy of Sciences, as
well as past UFO studies and the Air Force's two decades of
experience investigating UFO reports.

As a result of these investigations, studies, and experience,
the conclusions of Project Blue Book were:

* No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force
has ever given any indication of threat to our national
security.

* There has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the
Air Force that sightings categorized as "unidentified" represent
technological developments or principles beyond the range of
present-day scientific knowledge.

* There has been no evidence indicating that sightings
categorized as "unidentified" are extraterrestrial vehicles.

Between 1948 and 1969 the Air Force investigated 12,618 reported
UFO sightings. Of these, 11,917 were found to have been caused
by material objects such as balloons, satellites, and aircraft;
immaterial objects such as lightning, reflections, and other
natural phenomena; astronomical objects such as stars, planets,
the sun, and the moon; weather conditions; and hoaxes. Only 701
reported sightings remain unexplained.

All documentation regarding the former Blue Book investigation
was permanently transferred to the Military Reference Branch,
National Archives and Records Administration, 8th and
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20408, and is available for
public review. A list of private organizations interested in
aerial phenomena can be found in Gale's Encyclopedia of
Associations, available in the reference section of many
libraries.

Air Force Fact Sheets on this topic may be viewed,

http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=188

including one about the so-called Roswell Incident.

http://www.af.mil/library/roswell/


The Naval Historical Center has compiled a bibliography.

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq29-1.htm


[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]



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