Although the phrase, "the Blue Book Plan", and the workings of
Project Blue Book are probably not related, I find it interesting that
the peak and focus of the 1952 sightings coincides with the threat
mentioned in the report by Kenneth Schaffel mentioned below in Dan
Wilson's summation. - Francis Ridge)
Information from The Emerging Shield: The Air Force and the Evolution of Continental Air Defense 1945-1960, by Kenneth Schaffel.
On March 2, 1950, a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) meeting focused on establishing goals for a minimum air defense by 1952. The followoing month at a USAF Commanders Conference at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, planners familiarized commanders with the thinking behind the plan of minimum defense as well as with its contents.Referred to as the Blue Book Plan, it stipulated that a minimum air defense could be in place by mid-1952. It was estimated that July 1, 1952, as the critical date when the Soviets would pose a dangerous threat. General Charles Cabell expected the Soviets to have between 45 and 90 atom bombs and 70 to 135 Tu-4 bombers (copied B-29s) by that time.
In the area of strength, the Blue Book Plan specified a need for the Air Force to have 67 all-weather squadrons operating by 1952. As for deployment, Blue Book planners called for the squadrons to defend, in order of priority, the atomic weapons storage sites of SAC, the Hanford, Washington, atomic energy facility, and major American cities, with Washington and New York heading the list. (See pages 113-115)
In June through August 1952 the "Summer Study Group," a group composed of 20 full-time scientists and engineers all with some knowledge of air defense, met at MIT to further study the problem of air defense. The Air Force had its own study on air defense at the Lincoln Laboratory, also at MIT. ( See pages 174 and 177).
The Provost of MIT at this time was Dr. Julian Stratton. He received some very interesting letters from the CIA during late 1952 and early 1953, concerning UFOs.
First letter dated 3 December 1952
These two commuications encompass the USAF/CIA Robertson Panel of late January 1953, to study the problem of UFOs. Many of the same participants of the Robertson Panel were involved with the air defense problems being stutied at MIT. Is a mere a coincidence that the Summer Study Group's Final Report came out on February 1, 1953, just after the Robertson Panel had concluded its study?
The Robertson Panel:
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL ON