MEMORANDUM FOR COMMANDER, AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
SUBJECT; UFO PROGRAM
DATED: 17 Dec 1958
Produced by Fran Ridge & Rich Vitello

The following pdf file contains all 6 pages of the memorandum which is now housed on the NICAP site for security reasons.


Page 2 of 6-page document, dated 17 December 1958

               
       2. b.     During the year ending 1 November 1958, 1069 sightings of UFOs were reported to ATIC.  One hundred and ten of these were foreign sightings leaving 959 reported within the ZI.  Of these 959, approximately 20%, or 192, should have been investigated further by trained and equipped experts to remove them from the unknown or insufficient data category.  (Most I.D. or UNK UFOs are classed as such only because specific data does not exist to classify them otherwise)
            c.    Forty-nine (49) UFO organizations (See Tab A) exist in the ZI in addition to many individual self-proclaimed experts whose affiliations or specific intentions are not clear.  It is clear, however, that for various reasons these individuals and agencies such as NICAP, CSI, APRO, etc, feel a need for, and do everything possible to discredit the Air Force, its investigations, and its ultimate evaluation of reported sightings.  Those organizations, and for the most part individuals, are well equipped, and do in fact conduct a very comprehensive, although biased, field investigations.  These generally result in well documented reports which are used for their chosen purposes (See Tab B).  Some, such as Mr. Haber (See Tab C) for reasons known only to him, take advantage of every opportunity to incite others.
           d.    The people reporting UFOs are for the most part honest American citizens ranging all the way from relatively uninformed men in the street to eminent authorities, such as Mr. Townsend, Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, who recently reported a sighting from the Washington D.C. area.  These people feel strongly about what they saw and normally report sightings in a strictly patriotic interest.   A prompt investigation, sound analysis, and accurate report relating to what they saw leaves them with a feeling of pride in what they did and in the service that is most concerned with their defense.  A sloppy investigation, evaluation based upon inadequate facts, and subsequent effort to discredit their story makes them vulnerable to propaganda expounded by the various UFO organizations.       
         e.    Some of the UFO organizations, such as NICAP, well know the deficiencies in the Air Force Program and take advantage of every opportunity to place us in a defensive position.  In fact, it is understood that Captain Ruppelt, who was responsible for the ATIC part of the UFO Program from early 1951 until September 1953, in now affiliated with NICAP.  In this organization alone ex-marine corps Major Kehoe, a political adventurist, and Captain Ruppelt, an ex-ATIC specialist, represent a formidable team from which plenty of trouble can be expected in the future.  Both appear to be in the business for the money involved.  Comparable conditions involving eminent authorities of questionable intentions exist in other of the 49 UFO organizations.

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(3) As indicated in paragraph  2c above, many of the private and organized UFO organizations apparently in competition with the Air Force appear on the scene well equipped to conduct a field investigation. Invariably they have geiger counters, magnetometers and various sampling equipment with them and they use it. Not that this means much, but it is impressive to the unitiated, and particularly so when the Air Force investigator later appears on the scene armed with nothing more than a notebook and pencil for use in interviewing witnesses. Some basic factual information obtained from instrument readings would indeed be useful in many cases.