Technical approach to problems of ufos
and detection of radiation

17 April 2006, updated 11 Dec 2018

Lt. Col. John Hood, the AMC Field Engineering Officer, outlined the plan in a December 5 (1950) 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.

There were two areas where intense activity warranted special attention by the FBI and the Air Force. The above memo is in regards to what happened at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1950. The other area involved geiger counters being triggered at Mt. Palomar, California, October 1949, and UFO overflights.

For those that can afford the monitoring of nuclear radiation, affordable devices can be purchased at around $100 to $350, depending on the quality desired. The old CD V-700 can be found on Ebay. They can be used as hand-held devices or incorporated into the MADAR system in several ways. However, at the present time the MADAR program hasn't added a device into the server data aspect.

Here is the complete MADAR folder on nuclear radiation.


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