Robert Todd obtained the release of the Bolender
in Jan 1979. The implications of this memo, issued in
order to justify the shutdown of Project Blue Book, is clear, and is
found on page 2: "... reports of unidentified flying objects which
could affect national security are made in accordance with JANAP 146
Air Force Manual 55-11
are not part of the Blue Book system."
Similar statements about UFO reports bypassing the BB system were
made in AF documents going back to 1958-61, when similar efforts to
justify closure of BB were made then. In an interview on March
16, 2000, retired BB chief Col. Robert J. Friend told me that he knew
there were classified intelligence channels for reporting UFO's that
completely bypassed BB and he knew of specific UFO cases involving
classified sensor systems that were reported that way and never went to
him at BB. UFO's were reported to the AF operational commands in
accordance the AF's Operational Reporting system, AFOREP, under AF
Manual 55-11 of 1965 and predecessors, and this supplanted the UFO
reporting directives that had sent UFO reports to BB. However,
even the AFOREP system was bypassed when classified sensor systems and
missions were involved, as AFM 55-11 itself indiacted in para.
3-1-C: "Provisions of the AFOREP [AF Operational Reporting
system] are not intended to abrogate major command systems employing
advanced automated, online procedures."
The memo also stated that, "After an extensive study of this
(Condon Report) report as well as the review of the report by a panel
of the National Academy of Sciences, past studies, Project Blue Book
operations and other inputs, the Office of Aerospace Research
concluded, and we agree, that the continuation of Project Blue Book
cannot be justified, either on the ground of national security or in
the interest of science."
Not only had the AF's operational reporting procedures bypassed BB
already, as mentioned above, but a highly classified AF global sensor
system which Gen. Bolender was heavily involved in was about to go
operational in 1969-70. This imminent development finally allowed
the AF to be able to close down its PR headache Project BB without
worrying that some important intelligence data were being lost.
The system had long been planned since 1952 as the means to completely
replace Project BB with a quantum leap forward into the 21st century
with scientific sensor data on UFO's covering the entire earth 24/7
taking the place of unreliable, hit-or-miss anecdotal UFO stories
coming from relatively few and very limited scattered locations.
But the Top Secret system had run into numerous technical and budgetary
obstacles which delayed its initial operational capability for many
years, thus giving BB reprieves from closure in the late 50's and early
There were 16 Attachments to the Bolender Memo. Bob Todd
spent years trying to get the AF to find and release them, but the AF
totally stonewalled him. Several of the 16 Attachments are
already known separately and had been released long before, but several
are unknown and not released, several more are not described well
enough to identify.