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FOIA declassified documents:

This is a secret document, declassified because of the Freedom Of Information Act.

Military research installations flyover by UFOs, 1952:

Here is a memo to the Director of the CIA to insist on the urgency of action as UFOs are flying over the most sensitive military research installations. It is specified there that the problem is not trivial and requires immediate scientific attention.

The key paragraph is of course:

"At this time, the reports of incidents convince us that there is something going on that must have immediate attention. The details of some of these incidents have been discussed by AD/SI with DDCI. Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and travelling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles."

References:

Title:Unidentified Flying Objects
To:Director of Central Intelligence
Author:Deputy Director of Intelligence
Date:December 2, 1952
Length:1 page or more
Classification:?

Transcription:

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DEC 2 1952

MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence
THRU: Deputy Director of Intelligence
SUBJECT: Unidentified Flying Objects

1. On August, the DCI, after a briefing by OSI on the above subject, directed the preparation of an NSCID for submission to the Council stating the need for investigation and directing agencies concerned to cooperate in such investigations.

2. In attempting to draft such a directive and the supporting staff studies, it became apparent to DD/I, Acting AD/SI and AD/IC that the problem was largely a research and development problem, and it was decided by DD/I to attempt to initiate action through R&DB. A conference was held between DI/USAF, Chairman of R&DB, DD/I, Acting AD/SI and AD/IC at which time it was decided that Dr, Whitman, Chairman of R&DB, would investigate the possibility of undertaking research and development studies through the Air force agencies.

3. On approximately 6 November, we were advised by Chairman, R&DB, that inquiries in the Air Staff did not disclose "undue concern" over this matter, but that it had been referred to the Air Defense Command for consideration. No further word has been received from R&DB.

4. Recent reports reaching CIA indicated that further action was desirable and another briefing by the cognizant A-2 and ATIC personnel was held on 25 November. At this time, the reports of incidents convince us that there is something going on that must have immediate attention. The details of some of these incidents have been discussed by AD/SI with DDCI. Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and travelling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles.

5. OSI is proceeding to the establishment of a consulting group of sufficient competence and stature to review this matter and convince the responsible authorities in the community that immediate research and development on this subject must be undertaken. This can be done expeditiously under the aegis of CEXIS.

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