The Briefing Room
Fran Ridge                        

November 1, 2015


Casework resumed in September, after 3-4 months of work on a special confidential project during the summer and also intensified work on  The Lunascan Project.

My A-Team, consisting of 31 top-notch researchers, my Nuclear Connection Project group, and the Current Encounter List, all work together in this major effort to locate and document significant UFO cases.

A routine day is getting up at 4:00 AM and working on casework and website chores. After shaving and showering at 6:00 AM, and a hearty breakfast, work resumes with checking the MADAR room downstairs to make sure all systems are in a go condition.. Then, going upstairs to the main office and lab, the Radiation Network is checked to get the current local background radiation reading. The MADAR log is then completed for the day. This takes about 5-10 minutes. More casework and website chores are conducted until lunch at noon.

The casework routine is to first find incidents that appear worthy of inclusion in the NICAP database. Of primary interest are the Blue Book UNKNOWNS cases from the Air Force files from 1947-1969. These are already listed in the annual UFO  chronologies. Since decades of work have already been accomplished, the current job is to check each year and entry to make sure appropriate cases have case directories with links to the actual documents in pdf form and housed for security reasons right on the NICAP site. If a good case does not have documentation, that documentation is sought using the Blue Book web sites. I begin by making a dir or case directory and placing it in a pending folder and announcing the need for the paperwork on the Current Encounters or A-Team email lists. Once we obtain a list of the doc links I make a report, listing them, and I have Bill Schroeder or myself make the pdf file. That report and other important information is linked from the dir. That dir link is then placed on the top line of the case in the appropriate UFO chronology and also released to all parties. NICAP work usually ends around noon.

After lunch, work on The Lunascan Project is conducted, either in analysis work on earlier missions or preparations for upcoming missions, or other research. That work routine can be found at llunascan/message.

The day ends around 9:30 PM with the final MADAR check.

This is the normal routine for 3-4 days a week. On the other 3-4 days I work as a customer service representative 8-5 at a local establishment. But even on those days the 4 - 8 AM routine includes NICAP work. The NICAP site today reflects 18 years of research and investigation. And, of course, original NICAP work began in 1956.

Financial support for our work comes in the form of donations and purchases from the NICAP Store.  NICAP baseball caps are a great way to provide promotion and funding and we are about out of caps. I'm getting ready to buy another batch of 48 caps.

Our 18th NICAP web site anniversary will be celebrated on December 15th. Join with us as we begin a new and exciting year.


The highlight of the year was the re-establishment of the MADAR Project. This new, and more highly sophisticated detection system, went online, February 19th at 3:30 PM. The first APD was on June 6th and was designated APD-27.  Two cassette recorders separately log the primary E-M sensor and geiger radiation pulses while a dual cassette records aircraft and law enforcement communications. The TLC 2100 time lapse cassette records data from the Quad presentation, (including the TES 1392 sampling E-M every 2 seconds in micro-Tesla) for 180 hours (1 week). Datatapes changed weekly, twelve weeks of data archived before recycling. 2014 was the year of the return to UFO detection and an Early Warning System.  The original and successful MADAR project began in 1970 and was shut down in 1990 after logging 26 events. The MADAR Project web site can be accessed at

In June I contacted the local police, sheriff, state police, and airport control tower people, and notified the local news media of the new MADAR System and new Radiation Network equipment monitoring background radiation in the region. I am now attempting to set up a system of local skysweep spotters.

During the summer I digitized all of the most important cassette tapes we have had on file for the last 50 years. I created a massive computer file of these, many that go back to the 1960's.

On December 15, 2014 we celebrated the NICAP site's 17th Anniversary! We look over those years with great satisfaction and monumental accomplishments.

The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was formed in 1956 and flourished through about 1970, and, as an organization with field investigators and consultants, declined gradually thereafter. For a more detailed story about NICAP please check papers/hall-IUR1994, Richard Hall. What we have today, many years later, is the existence of the NICAP web site, a tremendous repository of the evidence collected by NICAP and other sources to continue the goal of public information.

As briefly mentioned above, in the fall of 2005 we began a major update of Richard Hall's NICAP UFO Sighting Chronologies. In nothing short of a crash program we produced qualitative and quantitative sighting summaries for the most important years in UFO history: 1947-1952. In December of 2005 we had posted a massive updated chrono on 1952. This included documentation but was basically a major update on sightings. By the end of 2006 we had drastically updated (with links to detailed key cases) incidents from pre-1947 to 1969. That total group emcompassed the Air Force Project Blue Book years and the BB files. In January 2007 we established the goal to update the remaining chronos at a rate of one per month, beginning with 1970. In July of that year we were able to add hundreds of foo-fighter sightings to the WWII period with the help of Keith Chester. The plan was to have all the chronos up and updated by March 15, 2010. We were able to accomplish this goal several months early. If you are looking for anything important (sightings or events or dated documents), these chronos are the definitive source. In 2009 we began the second major project, the new RADCAT, which is the re-issue and processing of all the radar cases in the Blue Book files and elsewhere. Later we started another major project, AVCAT (Aviation Catalog), to update directories on old cases and create AVCAT dirs for new ones regarding sightings of UFOs from aircraft.

There have been millions of UFO sightings, but bona fide UFOs are more rare. We have more than 215,000 sightings on computer (UFOCAT, Donald A. Johnson). In addition we have massive evidence in the form of 11 different Categories

* Category 11 - 3,000-plus sightings from aircraft by Dr. Richard Haines and over 240 cases listed on the NICAP site with the AVCAT Project. To see the actual breakdown by month see:

* Category 10 - Over 200 cases involving a nuclear connection, several radiation injury cases, plus incidents from Robert Hastings files.

* Category 9 - With the RADCAT Project we have produced over 460 radar case directories along with supporting documents from the Blue Book files. To see the actual breakdown and cases filed, see this doc report

* About 1600 U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book UNKNOWNS (Brad Sparks).
* Category 8 - Photographic Evidence. 11,821 cases (as of Dec 15,2014) by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos.
* Category 7 - Humanoid Cases (hundreds) and Abduction Reports
* Category 6 - Over 5600 Physical Trace cases documented, 4104 involving UFO visual sightings (CUFOS).
* Category 5 - Medical Cases. Being compiled
* Category 4 - Over a hundred cases of UFO sightings involving animal reactions on the NICAP site alone by Joan Woodward.
* Category 3 - E-M Effects. Over 500 cases associated with UFO sightings (CUFOS) and 185 E-M cases documented involving UFOs near aircraft (Dr. Richard Haines). 250 listed on the NICAP site. 144 compass needle cases listed by Eric Herr.
* Category 2 - Hundreds, if not thousands, of excellent close encounters by credible observers whose testimony in court would be taken at face value
* Category 1 - Probably millions of reports of nighttime objects (Nocturnal Lights) or daylight objects seen at a distance.

The NICAP site is the number one source of the best evidence and covers material from the dawn of the UFO age, over a half century ago. If you would like to participate in email discussions on CURRENT ENCOUNTERS or file information, please email me at

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Francis Ridge
NICAP Site Coordinator
(812) 838-3120

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618 Davis Drive
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620