Lt. Col. John Hood, the AMC Field Engineering Officer, outlined
the plan in a December 5 memorandum entitled “Technical Approaches to
the Problems of UFOs.” He proposed placing radiation counters
over a wide area. After there had been sufficient anomalous
object reports to establish a pattern, the data recorded by these
counters would then be compared for time and location with the
sightings “to see if any change in the background (radiation) occurs
with the presence of sighted objects.” He also proposed that
portable counters be made available which could be taken to the area of
a sighting. Along with the counters he proposed that an aircraft
with Geiger counters and also a magnetometer be made available.
The magnetometer would indicate any fluctuations in the local magnetic
field associated with sightings. He also proposed more accurate
radars capable of measuring height as well as range and azimuth.
This plan was to begin operating near the end of December.