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Over some 3 decades both military and civilian intelligence groups used standard methods to resolve unidentified aerial objects. They failed. In "Unidentified", author Larry Hancock turns to the strategic intelligence practices - indications analysis - presenting studies which suggest something very different from official statements on UFOs. Over some 3 decades both military and civilian intelligence groups used standard methods to resolve unidentified aerial objects. They failed. In "Unidentified", author Larry Hancock turns to the strategic intelligence practices - indications analysis - presenting studies which suggest something very different from official statements on UFOs.


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Over some 3 decades both military and civilian intelligence groups used standard methods to resolve unidentified aerial objects. They failed. In "Unidentified", author Larry Hancock turns to the strategic intelligence practices - indications analysis - presenting studies which suggest something very different from official statements on UFOs. Over some 3 decades both military and civilian intelligence groups used standard methods to resolve unidentified aerial objects. They failed. In "Unidentified", author Larry Hancock turns to the strategic intelligence practices - indications analysis - presenting studies which suggest something very different from official statements on UFOs.

11 review for Unidentified: The National Intelligence Problem of UFOs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stingray

    First it has to said, that this book is more dedicated to the intelligence problem the Air Force to deal with, than it is to the UFO phenomenon. The author painstakingly researched lots of memoranda and reports detailing responsibilities, reporting channels and procedures concerning the intelligence analysis of the problem. Thus UFO enthusiasts might not like the book as it does not speculate on the origins of the UFO and does not include many prominent UFO sightings, when they did not have an i First it has to said, that this book is more dedicated to the intelligence problem the Air Force to deal with, than it is to the UFO phenomenon. The author painstakingly researched lots of memoranda and reports detailing responsibilities, reporting channels and procedures concerning the intelligence analysis of the problem. Thus UFO enthusiasts might not like the book as it does not speculate on the origins of the UFO and does not include many prominent UFO sightings, when they did not have an impact on the intelligence projects the author is concerned with. Very factual to point of boredom the author details the ups and downs of the several Air Force projects, which will likely be most appreciated by readers interested in intelligence and intelligence history. The book starts with a detailed recollection of Army Air Force intelligence operations during World War II. The author meticulously points out how often Allied pilots witnessed UFO during missions and how seriously Allied intelligence took these reports, as they were indicative of new enemy weapon systems, tactics and countermeasures. Hancock makes a point to describe that pilots routinely gave descriptions of airborne objects even during combat missions, which were later matched to newly developed aircraft, and that processing and analyzing such UFO reports was a key function of Allied Air Intelligence. It is also noteworthy how many reports from World War II already described UFO sightings, which could not be explained. The author then goes to the post war years and vividly describes how U.S. intelligence tried to come to grips with unidentified aircraft appearing in the vicinity of military installations when the U.S. neither had national air space control nor a systematic air defense in place. The author then details Air Force attempts to secure reliable technical data to analyze the UFO during projects SIGN, GRUDGE and BLUE BOOK. Here the reader is confronted with many bureaucratic infighting and changes in the urgency and outlook of the studies but also learns about hundreds of UFO reports made by engineers, pilots and Air Force personnel, which could not be explained. This is a frustrating read as lots of reports of good quality are available but no conclusion is reached. Later on the author does point out, how the Air Force determines the UFO cannot be of Russian origin but still cannot explain how UFO routinely are tracked by ground and air based RADAR but also routinely outmaneuver and outpace interceptors. Although with the end of Project Blue Book the interest of the Air Force seems to have waned UFO sightings did end there as further reports from the 70s and 80s indicate. The author also looks into the apparent correlation of UFO sightings and radioactivity readings and UFO sightings in the vicinity of SAC bases and silos. Although Hancock does not provide any theory to explain UFO origin or intentions, the repeated reports and patterns emerging from the intelligence analysis do indicate correlations indicating a credible intelligence threat. The book thus leaves the reader puzzled as to the nature of the UFO and the apparent inactivity of the Air Force despite all these reports and its feverish activity in the past. In summary this is a well-researched and interesting but also lengthy and frustrating read. The author did good to provide the key information as bullets preceding each chapter, so readers might skip, what they do not want to read. If you have the patience to go through the research though it is an eye-opening and fascinating read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  3. 4 out of 5

    LAWRENCE STAYTON

  4. 4 out of 5

    DAN BERTH

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark Marcario

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Pierson

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Byrd

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tehila

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