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Chapter 6 


The Extent of 
Our Knowledge 

Organization of the Research in France 

In 1977, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales was tasked with the mission of setting up a 
permanent structure for the study of unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAP): the Groupe d'Etudes 
de Phenomenes Aerospatiaux Non Identifies (GEPAN). This establishment had within it the skills 
and resources appropriate to this mission, in particular, engineers and personnel with high-level 
technical knowledge who were in close touch with scientific circles. A scientific council chaired by 
Hubert Curien and composed of twelve members who were representative of the social and exact 
sciences guaranteed that this complex and delicate subject would be handled with all the necessary 
precision. This council had the job of guiding, organizing, and reviewing the work of GEPAN 

Three phases can be distinguished in the progression of the activity connected with the study of 
UFOs in France, which culminated in 1988 in the creation of the Service d'Expertise des 
Phenomenes de Rentre Atmospherique (SEPRA). which succeeded GEPAN, still within CNES: 

- a phase that consisted of setting up the organization and defining the procedures for the 
collection and processing of data, which is described in this chapter, 

- a phase that consisted of defining the scientific method for studying cases, 

- a phase that consisted of implementing the previously defined methods and procedures, the last 
two of which are discussed in the next chapter. 

SEPRA plays a more limited role in the study of UFOs than does GEPAN, the scientific council 
of which has accomplished its mission 

The Setting Up the Organization Phase 

GEPAN's first job was to form a partnership among the different public, civilian, and military 
agencies with a view to organizing the collection and analysis of reliable data. The Gendarmerie 
Naiionale, the civil and military aviation authorities, the National Weather Service, etc., were 
approached and brought together in this organization via agreements and protocols established with 

The first goal set was the rapid acquisition and provision of data collected at the sites where a 
phenomenon was sighted. To do this, in accordance with the directives of the scientific council, 
GEPAN was tasked with the mission of forming teams of specialized investigators for the collection 
of psychological and physical data, such as, for example, taking samples of tracks in the ground. In 
parallel to this organization, various civilian and military research laboratories were asked to 
participate in expert's appraisals and analyses of the data collected in investigations, such as, for 
example, the processing of photographic documents and radar recordings. 

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6-2 Participation of the Gendarmerie Nationale 

It was in February 1974 that the first instructions were given tasiiing the Gendarnierie Nationale 
with the job of collecting and centralizing spontaneous testimonies on UFOs. Previously, these 
testimonies had been collected on an occasional basis in the regional [gendarmerie] forces and 
rarely gave rise to the drafting of reports or to in-depth investigations (the Valensole case in [1965]). 
The administrative or technical authorities did not process or use these documents. 

Beginning in May 1977, one of the six copies of the repon drafted by the regional gendarnierie 
forces was forwarded to GEPAN, which from then on became the recipient of all information 
collected on UFOs. 

62 ! Role and Action of the Gendarmerie Nationale 

Each gendarmerie force possesses a manual, the "gendarmerie handbook," which contains all of 
the instructions on the procedures to be followed in the collection of data on unidentified aerospace 
phenomena. Depending on the degree of complexity of the case reported, the level of intervention 
may range from the simple transcript of a testimony to an actual investigation, which may be 
conducted jointly with the GEPAN/SEPRA departments at the locations of sightings and often 
results in an in-depth report. 

6 2.2 Use of Data Collected by the Gendarmerie Nationale 

Once the information has been collected locally by the gendarmerie, it is forwarded in the form 
of a report to the Gendarmerie Nationale headquarters in Paris, witich issues a copy of it to 
GEPAN/SEPRA. The latter processes it at two different levels: 

- at the first level, the report is analyzed, then entered into a database, and perhaps is processed 
statistically for the purpose of establishing classifications and typologies of phenomena, 

- at the second level, which relates to more complex "UAP D" (category D unidentified 
aerospace phenomena) cases, the investigation in the field generates a set of research activities with 
respect to elements for further processing that results in the drafting of a detailed, in-depth 
investigation report; the report may be used for track interpretation studies. 

6.2 3 Assessment and Results of the Cooperation with the Gendarmerie 

Since 1974, over 3,000 gendamierie reports representing an average of [three] spontaneous 
testimonies per document have been collected and forwarded to GEPAN/SEPRA, Added to this are 
some one hundred investigations and interventions in the field, conducted jointly with the local 
[gendarmerie] forces. All of these have permitted the characterization of a set of rare, natural and 
artificial phenomena that have occurred with varying frequency which would not have been able to 
be identified without this type of organization. Thanks to this collaboration, it has been possible to 
study UFO cases like the Trans-en-Provence and "Amaranth" cases (see Chapter 4) under excellent 
conditions, showing that there was a remnant of events the nature of which had yet to be identified. 
A volume of information describing the objectives sought by CNES in the study of UFOs was 
widely disseminated to all of the regional [gendarmerie] forces. Supplemental information and 
training, [end of line cut off] direction of officers and lower-level gendarmes, is regularly provided 
by the Gendarmerie Nationale schools to sensitize the [gendarmerie] force commanders to this 





The results of this collaboration could be more effective. Regular updating of the data collection 
procedures would be desirable, as well as shorter time delays before intervention for investigations 
between the time the local [gendarmerie] force learns of the case and the time when SEPRA 
intervenes. This reduction in the intervention time would considerably diminish the loss of 
information, particularly with respect to effects on the environment. It would also be important for 
the gendarmerie forces to be routinely infonned of the results of work and investigations carried out 
by SEPRA. However, the resources currently available in terms of personnel and budget allocations 
do not permit a response with the efficacy desired. 

Participation of the Air Force 

Just after World War II. the first reports of French aeronautic UFO sightings were collected and 
archived by the Air Force Chief of Staffs Office of Planning and Studies (EMAA/BPE). 

When GEPAN was created, a memorandum of understanding defined the respective roles of the 
two agencies for the processing of information relating to cases of military aeronautic sightings. In 
principle, all UFO sightings must be reported to the military air [traffic] control center in question, 
which forwards the information lo the Air Operations Center (CCOA) in Tavemy. The latter is 
responsible, in collaboration with the Air Force Chief of Staff's Space Office, for forwarding it to 
GEPAN/SEPRA. At the same time, all radar information is recorded in the radar control centers 
and kept for a minimum of one month and longer on request This information is made available to 
investigators if needed. 

A protocol established with the Army defmes the conditions for the forwarding of information 
collected in flight by pilots of the Army Air Corps (ALAT). 

Participation of the Civil Aviation Authority 

The same type of organization and procedures is used by the civil aviation authority to collect 
and process the information relating to UFO sightings made by civilian pilots. A protocol signed 
between the Civil Aviation Directorate (DGAC) and CNES permits GEPAN/SEPRA to have access 
to UFO sighting reports drafted by national and foreign airlines crews. To this end. a sighting report 
form prepared jointly by DGAC and GEPAN/SEPRA is made available to crews at the air [traffic] 
control centers of the civil aviation authority and airlines. In addition, the radio conversations 
between the crew and the air [traffic] control [center) are routinely recorded and attached to the 
detailed sighting report. 

There is also a regulation concerning flight incidents that could involve safety. In this case, the 
flight captain must follow the "Airmiss" procedure, which routinely triggers an investigation by the 

Additional Research Resources 

Numerous civilian (public or private) and military bodies contribute to the expert appraisals 
performed in investigations and work by GEPAN/SEPRA. This involvement takes place at two 
levels, either in the collection of data in the field and the utilization of sighting reports or in the 


analysis of data after the expert's appraisal and the theoretical and experimental research that are 

deemed necessary. 

Cooperation agreements have been established, particularly with various bodies that can benefit 
in return from the results of investigations of interest to their own area of study, for example; 

- lightning (EDF, CEA [French Atomic Energy Commission], the National Weather Service. 
ONERA, CEAT [Toulouse Aeronautic Test Center]), 

- meteors (CNRS [National Center for Scientific Research], DGA [French General Detegation 
for Armaments]), 

- line disturbances (EDF, France Telecom [French telecommunications company]), 

- group sociology and, in particular, sects (CNRS, universities), 

- photography, the study of films, the processing of satellite imagery (Fleximage). 

The following three applications should be emphasized: 

6 ft Sample Analysis 

GEPAN/SEPRA is supported by various civilian and military laboratories, including those of the 
Etablisseraem Technique Central de rArmement [Central Technical Armaments Institution] 
(ETCA), for analyzing soil and plant samples collected during the course of investigations. 

6 5 2 Use of Photographs 

Image processing work was performed at ETCA between 1981 and 1988. This work enabled the 
techniques and procedures, listed in GEPAN technical memorandum no. 18. for studying supposed 
UFO photographs to be defined. Diffraction filters were installed in the gendarmeries to permit the 
collection of information over the light spectrum emitted. 

6i 3 Sky Surveillance System 

A system called "ORION" was studied and deployed by [the Ministry of] Defense for the 
purpose of monitoring, identifying, and predicting the passage of satellites, particularly over 
national territory. It should meet, at least partially, the need for the surveillance of UFO-type light 
phenomena. The system consists of; 

- the current surveillance and tracking radar systems and listening antenna on the ship Mange. 

- two radar and optical surveillance systems and one optical imaging system: 

• the "GRAVES" surveillance radar system, which will be capable of detecting objects 
from 1 m^ [in size] at a distance of 1500 km, 

• the "SPOC" [Sky Observation Probe System] optical surveillance system, which uses 
CCD cameras to detect and determine the trajectory of orbiting satellites or magnitude 7 to 8 space 
debris (the installation of equipment at two sites is currently under way), 

- finally, the development of the 4 m diameter "SOLSTICE" telescope, which may be provided 
with adaptive optics, for the observation of objects in geostationary orbit (36,000 km). 



Method and Results of GEPAN/SEPRA 

7 1 Method Developed by GEPAN 

GEPAN developed an original method for studying rare, randomly occurring phenomena. 
Meteorites are among these phenomena. Scientists have long refused to consider sightings of stones 
that have fallen from the sky, which are generally reported by rural inhabitants Fortunately, in 
1S03, the physicist Jean-Baptiste Biot conducted an in-depth investigation in the village of Laigle in 
Ome [Department] about three weeks after someone had reported stones that had fallen from the 
sky, Biot examined numerous stones and certain evidence (broken branches, perforated roofs, fires) 
and questioned many independent witnesses. He prepared a convincing report that gave scientific 
existence to meteorites. 

The method developed by GEPAN was approved by its scientific council. It basically consists of 
identifying initially unknown phenomena and performing a joint analysis of four types of data 

- witnesses: physiology, psychology, etc., 

- testimonies: accounts, reactions to questions, general behavior, etc., 

- the physical environment: weather, air traffic, photographs, radar data, traces left on the 
environment, etc., 

- the psychosociological environment: readings and beliefs of wimesses, possible influence of the 
media and various groups on these witnesses, etc. 

Gendarmerie reports often contain sufficient data in order to be able to identify the phenomenon 
sighted. In many cases, the phenomenon turns out to be an airplane, a planet, a satellite, etc. in 
other cases, a fairly large supplemental investigation is conducted by GEPAN/SEPRA. An in-depth 
study can take up to two years. The analysis of traces left on the environment may result in 
specialized laboratories being called on for assistance (see the Trans-en-Provence and "Amaranth^' 
cases in Chapter 4). 

Finally research was conducted in collaboration with the universities in order to perfect the 
investigation method. CNES, out of 9 concern for scientific precision, adopted the term "UAP" 
instead of the term UFO. which is more well known but more restrictive. GEPAN is the group that 
studies UAPs. 

7.2 First Classification of UAPs (Unidentiried Aerospace Phenomena) 

After a study is conducted, each case is classified by GEPAN/SEPRA into one of the following 
four categories, depending on the extent to which it has been identified: 

- Category A: completely identified phenomenon, 

- Categor\' B: phenomenon that can probably be identified but which cannot be identified with 
certainty due to a lack of evidence, 

- Category C: phenomenon that cannot be identified due to a lack of data, 

- Category D: phenomenon that cannot be identified despite the abundance and quality of the 

Category D UAPs represent 4 to 5% of the cases and are called UAP Ds. They include sightings 
of phenomena, some of which were close to the ground a few meters from the witnesses. The 
strangest and most mysterious cases in this category are generally labeled CE3s (close encounters of 
the third kind) according to the classification proposed by Professor A, Hynek, an astronomer and 
consultant to the USAF, withm the context of the Blue Book Project (cf Chapter 9.1). 

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7J Typology of UAP Ds 

The detailed statistical analysis of UAP Ds enables a precise determination of the distribution of 
their physical characteristics: speed, acceleration, silence, shape, effects on the environment it is 
interesting to note that statistical studies in the USSR yielded distributions comparable to those 
determined by Claude Poher, the first head of GEPAN, from some 200 French cases, or 1,000 cases 
worldwide. It would be desirable to be able to develop UAP D statistical studies in France. 


Investigations of Remarkable Cases 

Around one hundred investigations have been conducted by GEPAN/SEPRA. Some of them 
have highlighted rare physical atmospheric phenomena associated, for example, with lightning; 
others have revealed unusual psychologicaJ behavior of witnesses caused, for example, by taking 
hallucinogenic drugs. Several very in-depth investigations based on analyses of evidence have 
demonstrated, in the end, the physical presence of a phenomenon the nature and origin of which 
remain unknown. Two cases related in Chapter 4 stand out in our minds, the Trans-en-Provence 
case of January 8, 1981, and the "Amaranth" case of October 21, 1982. The investigations lead us 
to believe that double- saucer-shaped objects were close to the ground for some time, then departed 
toward the sky leaving traces on the vegetation and, in the Trans-en-Provence case, on the ground 
itself. They are detailed in GEPAN technical memoranda no. 16 and no. 17 (see the reference list in 
Chapter 6). 

7.5 Aeronautical Cases 

75 1 Data on French Aeronautical Cases 

- Twelve French aeronautical cases have been brought to the attention of GEPAN/SEPRA; only 
three or four of these can be considered to fall into category D. 

- The first UAP D case identified dates back to 1951. It involved Vampire military aircraft in 
the Orange area. In two other very extraordinary sightings, which are presented in Chapter 1, 
military pilots reported the presence of objects with aeronautical performances inconsistent with the 
maneuvers of classic aircraft over the region of Tours in 1976 and of Luxeuil in 1977. However, 
not until January 28, 1994, was the crew of a regularly scheduled Air France commercial airplane 
able to collect the first case of a visual sighting correlated with a radar detection over 50 seconds 
long (see Chapter 1 .3), 

^5 2 Aeronautical UAP D Cases Worldwide 

The aeronautical UAP D cases known since 1942 were initially enumerated in a document 
entitled Rencontres dans ie del [Encounters in the Sky], by Dominique Weinstein, the French 
portion of which SEPRA contributed to, The list of sightings worldwide includes the description of 
489 well-documented cases of aeronautical UAP D sightings the sources of which were duly 
verified. Most of the information on these aeronautical UAP Ds is drawn from official sources, 
government authorities, the Air Forces of different Stales, or agencies like SEPRA. 


This list offers a classification according to criteria with respect to the quaiit>' of the sighting, li 
ranges from simple visual sightings, describing the specific performances or maneuvers of the 
phenomenon observed (speed, acceleration, maneuverability, silence, etc.), to more elaborate 
sightmgs, mentioning environmental disturbances caused by the aeronautical UAP Ds. such as radio 
interference or radar jamming, navigation instrument malfunctions, or even physical effects on the 
crew (heat, blinding, etc.). 

Between 1947 and 1969, that is, during the time of the U.S. Air Force Blue Book Project on 
UFOs, 363 sightings were identified. 1952 is the year in which the greatest number of sightings 
were recorded: 68. A total of 63 countries are cited as having been the scene of at least one 
aeronautical sighting. 

7 5 3 "RadarA^isual" Cases Worldwide 

"Radar/visual" cases are those in which a visual sighting is associated with an onboard radar 
and/or ground radar detection. It is noted that: 

- the first sightings in Japan and the USSR date back to 1948, 

- 30 of the 68 countries cited in the list reported "radar/visual'^ cases, 

- of the 489 cases in the report, 101 were "radar/visual" cases (21%), 

- of the 363 cases in the Blue Book report, 76 were "radar/visual" cases (21%). 

- in 1952, 16 out of 68 cases were "radar/visual" cases (23.52%). 

In conclusion, we can clearly establish that from 1942 to 1995. at least 500 we II -documented and 
recognized aeronautical UAP D sightings were identified throughout the world, nearly 20% of 
which were "radar/visual" cases. They furnish proof of a physical reality oi phenomena that 
exhibited paradoxical maneuvers. 

The Physical Reality of UAP Ds 

An Initial Report as Early as September 1947 in the United States 

We have seen that the work of GEPAN/SEPRA showed that there was an entire category of rare 
physical phenomena occurring at varying frequency that could not be classified as known natural or 
artificial phenomena. These phenomena, UAP Ds. which we have highlighted, both in the 
aeronautical sphere (mititary and civilian aeronautical cases) and close to the ground (cases of close 
encounters), support other cases of welt-documented sightings that have been verified by official 
authorities throughout the world It is interesting to note that as early as November [sic] 1947, righi 
at the start of the very first wave of modem UFO sightings, in the United States. General Twining. 
head of the Air Materia! Command, drafted a report on "fiying disks. " the conclusions of which are 
very explicit; 

1 The phenomenon reported is something recti; it is not a matter of visions or imagination. 

2. Disk-shaped objects Ihe size of which is comparable to thai of our aircraft do exist. 

3. It is possible that some sightings correspond to natural phenomena. 

4. The very high rate-of-climb observed, the maneuverability, and the escape maneuvers when 
the disks are detected lead one to assume that ihey are piloted or operated by remote control 

5. Most witnesses describe objects with a metal surface that are circular or ellipiical in shape, 
the upper portion of which is dome shaped, flying without making any noise in a formation of three 
lonine objects... 



7 62 GEPAN/SEPRA's Work 

We do not have irrefutable tangible proof in the fomi of material, either whole or in fragments, 
that confinn the physical nature of UAP Ds and their arlifactual character. Nevertheless. Ihe 
collection and expert appraisal work carried out at GEPAN/SEPRA for over 20 years confirms the 
statements General Twining made in 1947. 

7 63 French Aeronautical Cases 

The study of French military aeronautical UAP D [sightings] (Orange in 1951, Tours in 1976, 
Luxeuil in 1977) support General Twining's conclusions, namely the fourth one. The testimonies of 
the pilots do in fact lead one to assume that the objects were 'either piloted or operated by remote 
control": all of the pilots reported that it was 'the object" that appeared to be moving toward them 
and not the other way around. Moreover, all of them considered the maneuvering abilities of the 
object to be far superior to those that they were familiar with. 


Cases of Close-Up UAP D Sightings In France 

For their part, the cases of close-up UAP D sightings in France are very much in keeping with 
Twining's conclusions 4 and 5, In Trans-en-Provence (Chapter 4), the expert appraisals made at the 
site support the local testimony and show that the object with a metallic appearance and circular 
shape landed, then took off silently within a very short space of lime not very far from a wall 2.5 m 
in height. No modem aircraft is capable of these silent maneuvers, nor of this degree of precision 
when landing, It is hard not to imagine a piloted or remote-controlled flying machine, or eEse one 
having highly advanced cybernetics. 

The other French cases of close encounters described in Chapter 4 also strongly suggest the 
existence of an intelligent [civilization] behind the UAP Ds. In the Valensole, "Amaranth" and 
Cussac cases, once the witness or witnesses are brought face to face with the UAP D, everything 
generally happens very quickly, and the object escapes without having shown the slightest 
aggressiveness toward the witnesses. 

7 6 5 Foreign Cases - Conclusion 

The study of certain foreign cases leads to conclusions similar to those drawn from the French 
cases. One may reread in this spirit the description of the aeronautical cases presented in Chapter 2. 
We could also relate foreign cases of close encounters, such as the Socorro (New Mexico) case, 
which is similar to the Trans-en-Provence case, but the critical overview of which would needlessly 
weigh down this report. 

One strong conclusion emerges from this set of facts: some UAP Ds do seem to be completely 
unknown flying machines with exceptional prerformances that are guided by a natural or artificial 


Chapter S 

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UFOs: Hypotheses, Modeling Attempts 

8.1 Partial Models 

Credible sightings of aerial objects can be reinforced by plausible technical explanations of the 
phenomena reported Among the most striking observations in relation to the current state of our 
knowledge, we cite: 

- aerial movements carried out silently with very rapid accelerations and/or very high speeds. 

- the shutting off of the engines of nearby land vehicles, 

- the locomotor paralysis of witnesses. 

Insofar as the sightings that are the most well documented, and the most credible owing to the 
obvious competence of the witnesses, come from aircraft pilots, it is their sightings of aerial 
movements, sightings which are, moreover, supported by radar plots, that should be explained first. 


There are, from the standpoint of the concept, various principles of propulsion that do not require 
propellers or jet engines that could thus be silent The most advanced uses magnetohydrodynamics, 
abbreviated MHD, but many others can also be considered. We will review these. 

MHD Propulsion 

The principle of MHD propulsion, which cannot be envisioned in a vacuum, consists of causing 
an electrical current to flow in the medium surrounding the rotor. At the same time, the rotor emits 
a magnetic field. According to Laplace's law, this field exerts a force on the current and thus on the 
medium in which it is flowing; this is the principle of most electric motors. The medium being 
displaced in this way in relation to the rotor, it is in fact the latter that undergoes, by reaction, a 
force that enables it to be propelled. You still have to cause the necessary field and current to 

- for the magnetic field, this is easily accomplished by installing windings (like those in electric 
motors), over which a suitable electrical current travels, in or under the walls of the rotor, 

- for the electrical current, it all depends on the medium. 

In sea water it is easy to cause a current to flow using electrodes positioned on the rotor housing. 
This is why MHD propulsion has been experimented with, so far successfully, in the United States 
and Japan on both surface and submarine ship models. 

In air, which is naturally insulating, it is more difficult to cause an electrical current to flow, but 
it is known how to make air conducting by using, for example, strong electrical fields generated 
here as well by suitable electrodes (air, when rendered conducting, can become more or less 
luminous, which has frequently been observed around unknown objects). As for the magnetic field, 
this can be created as for boats. However, propulsion is much more difficult to achieve in air, since 
it must not only propel the rotor but first of all compensate for its weight. The electrical and 
magnetic fields required are therefore much stronger than for a ship and, in practice, obtaining the 
very strong fields that are essential is scarcely conceivable without having recourse to 
superconducting windings. Still theoretical until a only few years ago, their use in an aerial vehicle 


has been a credible prospect since 1991. with the discovery of superconductors capable of operaiinc 
at near-ambient temperatures. 

Proputsion in the atmosphere without propellers or jet engines is. therefore, completelv possible 
in principle with MHD, and the calculations show that the power necessary is not in certain cases. 
incompatible with our current aeronautical engines. The fact that no cooling system has been seen 
(or heard) on the objects that have been observed close up can be explained as long as the length of 
the craft's flights does not exceed a few dozen minutes. Furthermore, other motors that we already 
use - electric motors, due to energy stored on board or to inertia if they are not yet powerful enough 
- would not need immediate cooling, which duly proves that this problem is not insurmountable. 

Numerous witnesses have been struck by the silence accompanying the maneuvers of the objects. 
which do not create a "bang'' even at supersonic speeds (cf. Part I, Chapters I, 2. and 3), MHD 
propulsion could account for this silence; preliminary experiments in noise reduction by eliminating 
the wake and shock wave, albeit under very special conditions, are encouraging. 

There has been extensive work on the different aspects of MHD propulsion of aircraft abroad: in 
the United States at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy (NY), and according to the journal New 
Scieniist (February 1996), in Great Britain and in Russia. 

To sum up, based on the current state of our knowledge, an MHD aircraft model is conceivable 
in the short term, while the creation of a craft having the same movement capabilities as the aerial 
vehicles described by the witnesses seems quite likely to us within a few dozen years. For the time 
being, only the quasi absence of perceptible air flow and noise while hovering close to the ground 
pose problems. 

s 1 1 ? Other Propulsion Methods 

In a vacuum, the absence or scarcity of molecules or atoms prevents current flow in the medium 
as well as the projection of a mass of sufficient substance pulled from this medium. MHD 
propulsion is therefore not possible, and it is necessary to formulate other hypotheses. Jet 
propulsion by means of chemical reactions, comparable to our rocket engines - even though its 
performance is more advanced - should not be ruled out a priori. In fact, the space phase of the 
travel of unknown objects takes place very far from sight. 

In addition, skins for stealth purposes render them invisible to telescopes and radars beyond a 
few kilometers or a few dozen kilometers. Consequently, at these distances, these objects could 
very well use classic propulsion systems without being detected. Mainly, then, problems with 
respect to power consumption and mass to be expelled are raised, but the method reviewed below in would enable these problems to be partially solved. 

More advanced technologically are propulsion systems that call for very high velocity exhaust - 
a considerable fraction of the speed of light -of particle beams. Due to the extremely high exhaust 
velocity, the mass expelled is low and expulsion can be continued for a very long time. Such 
particle beams that can be loaded on board satellites have been developed for space warfare in the 
former USSR (at the von Ardenne laboratory in Soukhoumi, Georgia) and the United States, 
especially at the Argonne National Laboratory. At present, of course, these beams are much less 
powerful than what would be necessary here, but they are already of interest as low-power engines 
once out of the proximity of planets. The U.S. probe "Deep Space I", which should narrowly miss 
asteroid 1 992 KD on July 29, 1 999, was equipped with an engine of this type. 


Other methods of space propulsion are being studied very actively: nuclear propulsion using 
fission C'NERVA," "ORJON," and "DAEDALUS" projects) and, more recently, fusion, which 
would offer respective gains of one and over two orders of magnitude in comparison with the best 
engines at present. Beyond this, the use of power stored in the form of antimatter - which has 
become credible since CERN [European Council for Nuclear Research] created an antihydrogen 
atom and demonstrated the means for storing it - will offer gains even one hundred times greater 

This is why a growing number of research centers are doing work on this subjeci: the Jet 
propulsion Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the Air Force Astronautical Laboratory 
(Edwards Air Force Base), where ant i gravitation is also being studied, according to the June 10, 
1996 issue of Jane's Defence Weekly. The latter topic is reportedly also being pursued in Great 
Britain and in the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States], 

g 1 1 ; Use of Planetary or Stellar Impulse 

Closer to our current technologies, even though, strictly speaking, it does not have to do with 
propulsion, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory imagined, in 1961, that a spacecraft slingshotting off of 
the potential [gravity] wells of suitably selected planets could attain higher and higher speeds 
without expending any energy. This method is now routinely used for missions to the remote 
planets in our [solar] system. One can then envision that by using "reflections," not only off of 
planets but also off of stars, as Dyson proposed in 1963, considerable speeds could be attained 
(limited only by escape velocities) and interstellar distances could be crossed using relatively little 
energy at the price, of course, of the time necessary for the departure and arrival slingshots. 

This method would lead to intersidereal voyage lengths probably figuring in thousands of yours, 
thus with an order of magnitude greater than lengths anticipated for the envisioned antimatter 

8 114 Conclusion Regarding Travel 

To sum up, for travel both in the atmosphere and in space, we can formulate reasonable 
hypotheses on flight without any apparent means of lift in the first case and on the crossing of great 
distances, up to an interstellar scale, in the second. 

8 12 The Shutting Off of Land Vehicle Engines 

To explain this phenomenon, which has been reported frequently abroad, it is necessary to 
visualize a remote action. [Since] no beams of light appear to be associated with these engine 
immobilizations, we can imagine radio- frequency radiation, such as microwaves, which we know 
can cause effects of this type and which can be easily formed into beams to act from a distance. 
Under these conditions, microwave emissions from unknown objects would be likely to create an 
electrical field around the craft strong enough for the ignition voltages, in being added to it, to cause 
ionization of the air around the high voltage circuit of the engine ([ignition] coil, distributor, spark 
plug wire),'thusshert-circuitmgthefif4ng pulses to the engine mass and shutting it off. 

Since electronic ignition came into widespread use in the 70s, the action of microwaves, apart 
from the mechanism previously described, may be exerted directly, paralyzing the electronic circuit 
generating the high voltage. We can therefore envision the action of unknown objects on land 
vehicles, including nowadays those with diesel engines, which are made vulnerable due to their very 



often electronic regulation circuit. Let us recall that the ability to generate microwave beams that 
can act from a distance is within the capabilities of our own technologies, as demonstrated by the 
intensive work being carried out in the United States and the former USSR to develop microwave 
weapons intended precisely to destroy or immobiiize enemy electronic systems from a distance, and 
even to act on personnel. In France, high power microwave generators that can be used for this 
purpose are being studied. 

This does not rule out the possibility of other types of radiation being used. Charged panicle 
beams would be capable of analogous effects, passing through, if necessary, living matter, such as 
the bodies of some witnesses, without being felt by the latter or leaving any notable or lasting 
sequelae. This can be illustrated by the beams of accelerators used in proton therapy, which begin 
by passing through tissue without causing too much damage and becoming destructive only when 
their energy falls below a certain threshold as a resuh of their penetration. 

This mode of action corresponds, moreover, to certain testimonies that report the observation of 
beams of light passing through physical obstacles; in fact, by ionizing the air, proton beams 
generally do become visible in the form of truncated beams of light the length of which is a function 
of their initial energy. 

Locomotor Paralysis of Some Witnesses 

This phenomenon is less common. It is remarkable in that the paralyses reported only affect 
certain voluntary movements, but not respiration or posture (balance, in particular, is not 
compromised; the witnesses do not fall down) or eye movements. From the standpoint of concepts, 
it can be remarked that in human beings posture and respiration are controlled by the cerebellum, an 
organ that is independent of the cerebrum, which governs voluntary movements. The paralysis 
effects observed can reasonably be attributed to microwaves acting from a distance on certain parts 
of the human body (this is also one of the objectives of the work mentioned above on microwave 
weapons). We should note that these effects, among others, are being studied at the Air Force 
Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB. 

82 Modeling and Credibility 

The fact that we can formulate a credible hypothesis on the propulsion of the objects sighted is 
obviously only a positive indication, but not proof of their existence, no more than that of their 
conformity to the model that we imagine. 

In this regard, the history of the technique teaches humility, but it can also yield quasi certainties: 

- humility in noting prognostic errors committed in the past. It suffices to recall the affirmations 
(or readiness to [affirm]...) of several very great scientists: "You cannot breath in tutmeis, " "science 
is almost finished, " "something heavier than air cannot fly. " etc. It would therefore be 
presumptuous to claim to foresee, based on our knowledge and our current accomplishments, what 
might be technologies that are only slightly more advanced than our own - or our own technologies 
in one or two centuries. Let us consider that only 150 years ago, engines, electricity, the existence 
of the atom, and Hertzian waves were unknown! We can also reread Jules Verne: Paris au XX^ 
siecie [Paris in the 20th Century] or Hier el demain [Yesterday and Tomorrow]... 

- certainties, since scientific and technical progress can only continue, supported by more 
scientists and engineers than there have ever been, spurred by competition among nations. This 



compelition, which is now ''closed" in our world, will focus on all of the resources that once were 
free: potable water, the deep sea, the polar regions, air, space, radio frequencies, etc. 

Although it is risky to predict the results of an increasingly accelerated scientific and technical 
development, it is, at least, almost certain that our own knowledge will have advanced greatly even 
within a few decades. There's no telling what progress will be made beyond that time! Under these 
circumstances, we can conclude with a high degree of certainty that movements of objects that at 
present are Just beyond our capabilities will be technically possible within a few decades, or even a 
few centuries, even if the knowledge put into play is not what we are predicting. 

To the extent that the preceding conclusion is acceptable, let us go further and comment that only 
a few million years will have elapsed (barring a catastrophe) between the appearance of man and the 
future stellar expeditions of our descendants {cf Chapter 8.3.6 and Appendix 4), This interval 
between the appearance on earth of a conscious intelligence and the time when we will be able to 
perform the same feats as those performed by the objects we are dealing with here is infmitesimal 
(one to two thousand years) compared with the age of the earth or even with the 600 million years 
that separate us from the appearance of the first living organisms at the beginning of the Cambrian 

But the development of other intelligent [beings] on other worlds cannot have taken place at 
exactly the same rate as on earth. If the age of these other worlds, like that of the earth, is on the 
order of 4 billion years, and if a conscious life [form] appeared, neither the rate of its development 
nor the epoch in which that world was created cannot have been exactly the same as ours. 

Under these conditions, even a minuscule deviation of 0.1%, for example, in regard to these 
initial data would make it possible to place such a civilization between several million years ahead 
of ours and several million years behind ours. 

Thus the probability of the extent of development of two civilizations in the universe, and the 
same solar system, being equal appears to be very low, and in all likelihood we have only two 

- our "neighbors" are several thousand or several million years behind us (or do not yet exist as a 
conscious species), and it will be we who discover them, 

- our neighbors are ahead of us, but then the probability is that this advance figures in the 
thousands of years or more, rather than in years or even hundreds of years, and if we can judge from 
the rate of our own development, their level of development would certainly exceed our forecasting 
capabilities in every domain. 

UFOs - Overall Hypotheses 

For several dozens of years, the systematic collection and scientific study of unusual atmospheric 
phenomena have permitted a number of major advances. Of course, on analysis, a good proportion 
of the sightings have proven completely explicable: satellite reentries, sounding balloons, etc. This 
has furthermore enabled the precision of the observers, as well as the veracity and consistency of the 
testimonies, to be tested. Cases of hoaxes are, on the whole, very rare and quite easy to detect. The 
majority of the observers provide reliabJe reports, although Jt is Jiecessary to taken into account the 
problems of diverse assessments. 

Most of the sightings of all types have also enabled the credible and well-documented sightings 
called UAP Ds (category D unidentified aerospace phenomena) for which no explanation has been 
found to be classified separately. However, these phenomena are often attested by means of 


consistent testimonies all the way up to visual sightings coupled with radar sightings. Of course, if 
there had only been ten or so UAP D [sightings], this ambiguous file could jusi have been classified 
as "no action," but we are no longer at that point and are far beyond that. Thus we are forced to 
seek plausible explanations. All sons of hypotheses have been constructed, and they may be 
classified as follows: 

8 3 1 Ascientific Hypotheses 

"We are being manipulated without realizing it" (by a very secret very powerful, and very- 
knowledgeable group of people; by strange, unknown, or even extraterrestrial beings; by spirits; by 
the devil; by our psychological fantasies; etc.). Obviously, we cannot say a priori whether these 
hypotheses are true or false [since] they cannot be proven; their main drawback is that ihey aren't 
much good to us. 

Parapsychological phenomena and collective hallucinations should be classified in this category. 
The same is true of the idea that is sometimes expressed that the futuristic craft sighted are actually 
products of the future activity of humanity. Our descendants of the distant [future], who have found 
the way to go back in time, come to observe us. . 

It is obviously classic to try to reconstruct and observe the past via any of the traces that it leaves, 
and one could theoretically observe it directly (for example, by discovering a well-oriented mirror 
on a planet located a few light years a way). It is. however, out of the question for such an 
observation to be able to influence a bygone time in any way, except by being detectable. 

83 2 


Secret Weapons of a Superpower 

UAP Ds would then be piloted or remote-controlled craft of terrestrial origin. There is no lack of 
observers to believe that the object with fantastic performances that they saw maneuvering in the 
sky is the state of the art of military progress, which would explain the secrecy in which they are 
cloaked. Certainly studies such as those regarding the stealth aircraft or magnetohydrodynamics 
actually lead to impressive progress. But besides the fact that it would be extremely unwise to 
expose to the eyes of laymen and foreign experts in this way what there has been so much interest in 
concealing, it can be added today that throughout the decades during which these phenomena have 
occurred, the secret would have inevitably come out, especially if the political upheavals of recent 
years are taken into account. 

Disinformation Attempts 

Into this category fall special effects and montages, which are generally accompanied by a lot of 
media publicity. Some researchers believe that without necessarily lending themselves to the 
manufacture of ultramodern weapons, the performances of high-tech craft might serve to brainwash 
public opinion in the same way as other propaganda techniques. Of course, this point of view is a 
direct result of the cold war period. Any means were good at thai Time for destabilizing the other 
camp, including fear of an invasion by extraterrestrials or the instilling of doubt about leaders "who 
hide anything manifestly serious from us. " 

This type of hypothesis is even less satisfying than the preceding ones because it runs up against 
the objeciions to each of those. 


834 Holographic Images 

At the junction between disinformation attempts and extraterrestrial hypotheses lies the 
technique of holographic images, whether they be the work of a superpower or extraterrestrial 
crews. In actual fact, this technique is difficult to employ. It requires considerable preparation 
because air is very transparent and diffuses light only very poorly. Therefore it is necessary to have 
large equipment covering the optical field used or at least to project an appropriate screen on it. for 
example, a film of water. 

The first method corresponds to theoretical holographic images, while the second is simpler and 
is frequently used for spectacular effects, but it obviously leaves traces behind... We can also 
envision using clouds or a curtain of rain, but this, of course, poses multiple hazards. Without 
necessarily being able to judge them at present, the method of holographic images and associated 
methods have only very limited use. 

S.3 5 Unknown Natural Phenomena 

This hypothesis cannot be ruled out completely and must therefore be cited. However, it is 
difficult 10 support in cases where the UFO sighted behaves in an apparently inteliigent manner 
(approach, pursuit, evasion, and escape maneuvers, etc.). 

83 6 Extraterrestrial Hypotheses 

A large number of people today are convinced that UFOs are piloted by intelligent beings who 
have come from a very remote part of the universe and are tasked with watching us and even 
initiating contact with us. As appealing as they may be. these hypotheses run up against all sorts of 
huge difficulties. The hypothetical Martians only recently disappeared from the realm of 
possibility, and apart from earth, the solar system appears to be totally unable to have produced 
organized life and even more unable to have produced an advanced civilization. It is therefore 
necessary' to look farther, to the stars, but the closest star is already one hundred million times 
further away than the moon. 

The only contacts that we may try to establish from such distances at present are radio contacts. 
Astronomers have auempied contacts via message transmission and radio listening in the "SETI" 
and "MEGASETI" programs. Although some enthusiasts have suggested futuristic ideas to 
'bypass" the vast expanse, such as, for example, the use of "black holes," the crossing of interstellar 
distances by possible extraterrestrials has elicited much skepticism and the majority of astronomers 
reiterate thai "to date there has been no UFO case ihat is sufficierjily well established to imply thai 
it came from an exiralerrestrial civilization, " 

Two professional astronomers, Jean-Claude Ribes and Guy Monnet. have, however, proposed a 
scenario in our future in space that includes plausible interstellar voyages. In this scenario, which is 
summarized in Appendix 4, they envision the establishment of large communities in verdant 
"islands in space, " enormous artificial structures orbiting the earth, as described by the physicist 
O'Neill, and even inside large asteroids,-where an abundance of different materials, including water 
and oxygen, as well as ready protection against meteorites and cosmic radiation, are found. Later 
on, when our descendants have mastered the production, storage and use of antimatter as energy, 
they will utilize it to propel some of their habitats to another solar system. They will settle in an 
asteroid belt, start families there, and then visit the planets of the receiving system aboard craft that 
are perceived by any possible natives the same way we perceive UFOs today. 

This scenario, which in essence relies only on laws of physics that are currently well accepted. 


Chapter 9 

gives the extraierrestrial hypothesis a certain degree of plausibility; it is possible to imagine thai a 
civilization that came from somewhere else colonized the region of our asteroid beh and used it as a 
staging base to our pJanet. Current progress in the conquest of space and physics reinforces this 

We should point out that some people envisage another hypothesis, which is much debated: the 
UFOs do belong to a civilization located in the asteroid belt, but this civilization itself comes from 
our planet. Older than any known terrestrial civilizations and highly advanced, it supposedly 
disappeared from earth (nuclear war, radioactivity, pollution, etc.) but resettled in the solar system. 

Both hypotheses have to their credit the fact that they place the UFO problem outside the realm 
of the paranormal and promote thought about the future of our planet. 

Organization of the Research Abroad 

9 1 Organization of the Research in the United States 

The subject of UFOs is presently very popular in the United States. This is evidenced by the 
number and success of fiction films such as Independence Day, Men in Black, and Contact, which 
deal with this topic. A survey conducted in June 1997 for Time magazine showed that nearly one 
American in four believes that an extraterrestrial craft crashed at Roswell (New Mexico) at the 
beginning of July 1947. A professor of psychiatry at Harvard, Dr. Mack, treats the problem of the 
temporary abduction, whether real or imagined, of his fellow countrymen by UFOs very seriously, 
In view of the public's expectations, what are the authorities doing? 

They deny that the UFO phenomenon poses a threat to national security, or that it is evidence of 
an extraterrestrial origin. This position has been taken almost continuously by the Air Force, which 
was tasked with the study of UFOs from 1948 to 1969 within the framework of a project which bore 
the overall title Blue Book, it was confirmed in the summary and conclusions of the university 
commission in charge of evaluating the Blue Book [Project], the Condon Commission. The 
physicist Condon wrote in his conclusions that the study of UFOs had little chance of advancing 
science. All official studies thus came to a halt in the United States as of December 1969. and the 
Air Force referred those who were curious to private ufological associations. 

Although it was endorsed by the Academy of Sciences, the Condon report was harshly criticized 
by numerous scientists, particularly at the powerful AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and 
Astronautics) The latter justly pointed out that the summary and conclusions of the report, which 
were drafted by Professor Condon himself, conflicted with a number of analyses within its body. 
The AIAA recommended moderate, but continuous scientific work on UFOs. 

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) passed in 1974 permitted declassified 
official documents on UFOs to be obtained as of 1976. One of these, in particular, attracted 
attention. It was a letter from Air Force Brigadier General Bolender from October 1969 stating that 
the imminent conclusion of the Blue Book Project would not put an end to military reports 
concerning UFOs that constituted a_threat to national security . These were not part of the Blue 
Book system and would continue, as in the past, to be handled in accordance with the directive 
JANAP 146 and Air Force Manual 55- 11. 


^As regards authenticity^ only 

negative conclusions are 


By Francois Louange, 

Chief Executive Officer of Fleximage 

Among the investigations conducted on the subject of UFOs, photograph analysis 
represents one of the more delicate areas. In fact, in the public's eyes, photographs 
constitute indisputable proof par excellence of the existence of the phenomenon, 
which gives them a very special emotional factor. But photography is in reality a 
field where one still finds many errors and hoaxes, because many natural or technical 
effects can give rise to surprising documents; it is becoming easier and easier for a 
specialist who has computer equipment to produce a doctored negative that stands 
up well to investigations. This can sometimes even prove lucrative. 
Moreover, experience shows that most of the negatives that stand up to analysis contain only extremely poor and 
unusable information, often limited to a saturated bright spot on a black background or vice versa, which makes 
this area of investigation relatively disappointing. 

For about forty years, alleged photographs of UFOs. which are sometimes renowned in ufological circles, 
have occasionally been the subject of expert appraisals on the part of specialists interested in this topic. The 
physical and technical fields that come into play are quite varied, ranging from atmospheric propagation to 
photography or video and including digital image processing. 

The analysis of a photographic document or video is broken down into two steps: 

1 - Establishing or disproving authenticity, uncovering hoaxes, fake maneuvers or parasitic phenomena that 
could have affected the photographing equipment or the original data storage medium (film, video cassette). 
This concept of authenticity is furthennore completely relative, because only negative conclusions are definitive 
and in the best of cases a document can stand up to analyses at any given moment. 

2 - With respect to a document deemed to be authentic, extracting the maximum amount of information 
permitting a known phenomenon to be identified or a phenomenon that is a priori inexplicable to be 
characterized (size, position, speed, albedo, energy emitted, etc.). This phenomenon will then be compared with 
other unexplained phenomena in order to draw possible parallels. 

It is important to emphasize that the photographic as well as the video documents available come only from 
fortuitous witnesses; there are very few opportunities for significant data to be exploited by reason of simple 
statistical considerations: the chances of being witness to a rare phenomenon, the likelihood of having [camera] 
equipment in hand ready to use, the probability of being able to make the proper adjustments and calmly take 
professional quality photographs, etc. 

In any case, it seems reasonable to limit in-depth investigations to cases in which the following two conditions 
are met: 

1 - The original document (negative, slide, video cassette, etc.) is available. 

2. - There is at least one other independent source of information (visual testimony or another sensing device). 


Trick of the eye: lens-shaped clouds 

When military craft play UFOs 

Central bulge, 
brosd and 
narrow disk, this 
is the definition 
of lenticular 
gafaxies- It is 
also the 
definition of a 
type ol cloud, 
lenticular! &, 
which forms 
above 7000 m 
altitude and up 
to the limits of 
the troposphere. 
Their very 
specific shape is 
due to factors 
such as 
turbulence, and 
very strong 
winds. But this 
shape is 
definitely open 
to every 

interpretation for 
those who wish 
to see it as a 
flying saucer... 


Photographed in 
1989 offshore 
from Los 
Angeles, this 
surveillance unit 
is a Canadair 
CL-227 Sea 
Sentinei military 

This Sikorsky 
drone is used by 
the U-S. Army in 
urban conflict 


JANAP {Joint Army, Navy, Air Force Publicaiion) 146 applies lo military personnel but also to 
some civilians fflight captains of commercial aircraft, merchant marine captains) in the United 
States and Canada. It stipulates that an urgent report should be filed with certain authorities, which 
must in turn file a report, namely with the Air Operations Command (now NORAD [North 
American Air Defense]) in Colorado Springs, when objects requiring very urgent defensive action 
and/or an investigation by the armed forces of the United States or Canada are sighted. 

Among these objects, UFOs (Unideniified Flying Objects) are listed along with missiles and 
hostile or unidentifjcd submarines, etc. Disclosure of the contents of these reports is subject to the 
penahies of the laws cracking down on espionage. JANAP 146 entered into effect in recent years 
and perhaps is still in force. This regulation may explain the frequent reticence of American 
military personnel, aviators in particular, to bring up the subject of UFOs. 

The members of American ufological associations number several thousand These associations 
are used to fill the gap left by the public authorities in the field of "UFO" studies. The FOIA 
brought them a resurgence of activity, showing them that contrary to their statements, the Air Force 
and various special departments, namely the CIA, are very much interested in the subject of UFOs 
and have been for some lime. It permitted them to leam of certain spectacular cases, such as the 
overflights ofmissile bases in 1975, or the 1976 Tehran incident related in Chapter 2. DIA deemed 
this a "radar/visual" case: "A classic case that meets all the conditions required for a legitimate 
study of the UFO phenomenon. ' 

In recent years, the three main ufological associations have been brought together by a leading 
U.S. personality, Marie Galbraith, to conduct a Joint study. She is the wife of Evan Griffith 
Galbraith, who was U.S. ambassador to France from 1981 lo 1985. Thus she is well-acquainted 
with our country and our language, since she lived on Avenue Gabriel. Supported boih morally and 
financially by Laurance Rockefeller, brother of the famous David Rockefeller, she traveled the 
world to meet the principal scientists interested in UFOs and to collect the best cases. 

She then oversaw the drafting of a clear and documented book entitled Unidentified Flying 
Objects, Briefing Document, the best available evidence, which was endorsed in 1995 by the 
chairmen of the three associations CUFOS [Center for UFO Research], FUFOR [Fund for UFO 
Research], and MUFON [Mutual UFO Network]. She had this work sent to more than a thousand 
prominent figures throughout ihe world and, namely, to a large number of U.S. congressmen. Her 
goal is to gel the US, government and possibly other governments to end the secrecy surrounding 
UFOs. For the editors of the book, this secrecy is essentially military in origin: the nation that is 
first to reproduce the exceptional characieristicsof UFOs will dominate the world. The secrecy was 
justified during the cold war. but it is no longer justified now given the scientific and technical 
breakthroughs useful to humanity that one can expect [to obtain] from the study of UFOs. 

On the whole. Marie Galbraith's book is descriptive. It does not interpret the phenomena sighted 
(physical modeling or hypotheses regarding the origin of the objects). Such was also the spirit of 
the international scientific colloquium organized in September 1997 by Laurance Rockefeller at 
Pocantico, near West Point, on the property of the Rockefeller Bros. Fund. Moderated by 
astrophysicist Peter Sturrock, this colloquium focused on physical evidence concerning UFOs. 

Specialists on radar, the biological effects of microwaves, photography, etc, who often were not 
very familiar with the UFO problem, formed a scientific council there that judged the papers 
presented by the UFO researchers. French participation was quite noteworthy; it consisted of the 
head of SEPRA and two members of the scientific council. A summary document expressed the 
desire that many countries have a UFO research organization comparable to that of France, 

•51 ' 

Colonel Corso's theory: 

In July 1997, for the fiftieth anniversary of the Rosweli incident, an astonishing book entitled 
The Day After- Rosweli was published. It was written by Colonel Corso, who from 1953 to 1957 
was the military member of the National Security Council Staff and thus was in constant contact 
with President Eisenhower. The forward of this book was written by Strom Thurmond, the current 
chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who, already a member of this committee, 
appointed Corso as congressional attache when he left the Army in 1 963 . The author states that the 
object found at Rosweli was indeed an extraterrestrial vessel. He reponedly saw for himself, in 
July 1947, the cadaver of one of the occupants preserved in a glass coffin. From 1961-1962. as 
chief of foreign technology in the Army R&D Department, he apparently was tasked with 
discretely allowing U.S. industry to benefit from the extremely high-tech objects found in the 
wreckage (according to him: printed circuits, a laser, light intensifier, etc.). 

Colonel Corso affirms that high-ranking military officers and some U.S. congressmen know 
about the existence of extraterrestrial craft in oyr skies. They have concealed it from the public to 
avoid panics, but full disclosures are going to be able to be made, because the United States, which 
has been striving to do this for 50 years, reportedly now has the means to counter a possible UFO 
attack. Some of these claims are surprising at the very least, but the entire contents of the book 
cannot be easily dismissed when one considers the remarkable career of its author and Senator 
Thurmonds tribute to him. It is true that the latter requested that his forward not appear in reprints 
of the book, a request that was granted. The author allegedly had not told him that the book was 
ibout UFOs... But it is difflcutt to believe that the forward writer, the thind in line in the US, 
Government to succeed the President, and the publisher, Simon & Schuster, were not acting with 
full knowledge of the facts at the time of the first printing, As soon as the book came out, the U.S. 
Air Force published a second report on Rosweli again denying the plausibility of the hypothesis of 
the crash of an extraterrestrial craft The first report, which was published in 1994, was presented 
as the first official study on UFOs since the end of the Blue Book [Project] in 1969 (see "Rosweli 
and Disinformation" in Appendix [5]). This reaction is not incompatible with Colonel Corso's 
theories: it may be intended to reassure those whom Corso's revelations might worry. 

9 2 Organization of the Research in the United Kingdom 

Great Britain has been the scene of several remarkable cases. We presented the Lakenheath 
'radar/visual" case { 1 956) in Chapter 2. The RAF and the Ministry in charge of it therefore became 
interested in UFOs very early on, but we do not possess much information on their work. Since its 
creation in 1964, the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has had a UFO study unit, whose 
[designator] abbreviation Sec(AS)2a stands for Department 2a of the Secretariat {Air Staff) 
division. Its activity was recently described by Nick Pope, who was its head from 1991 to 1994, in 
3 warning book. Open Skies, Closed Minds, 

This department receives telephone calls or letters from witnesses, but more generally reports 
prepared from the depositions of these witnesses taken -zt police stations, airports or RAF bases. It 
conducts classic investigations if it deems them useful. They then question radar stations or 
weather stations, the RAF space object surveillance base at Flyingdales, other RAF bases, the 
Greenwich Observatory, etc. Its unique mission is to determine whether the reports are of interest 
for defense purposes ("area of defence significance"). 

Nick Pope, who is currently a MOD career employee, has broken new ground in comparison 
with his predecessors. He has given interviews to the press and participated in television programs. 
He has cooperated with the ufological associations, giving their address and phone number 


to witnesses who have written to him. In his letters of response he admitted that a small proportion 
of UFO sightings defied explanation and that the MOD was keeping its mind open regarding these- 
His predecessors wrote: "If we had sufficisnl data, all of the cases could undoubtedly be 
explained. " In his book, Nick Pope evokes various hypotheses to explain certain unidentified cases 
that were the subject of credible and detailed reports. He strongly favors the extraierrestriaJ 
hypothesis and expresses the desire that his ministry take seriously the potential threat that UFOs 
represent in his eyes. 

Is there a department that is further developed than his (where he is alone) in the Ministry' of 
Defence that would conduct secret studies on the UFO phenomenon? His statements on the subject 
are contradictory (pp. 129 and 181). Ralph Noyes, who was one of Nick Pope's predecessors from 
1969 to 1972 and ended his career at MOD in 1977 as Undersecretary of State for Defence. 
considers the existence of such a department likely. Lord Hill-Norton, Admiral of the Fleets who 
was Chief of Defence Staff from 1971 to 1973, shares this opinion. This information is found in a 
book the forward to which was written by Lord Hill-Norton himself (^^ove Top Secret, by Timothy 
Good). Admiral Hill-Norton was among some thirty lords active in a House of Lords intergroup 
studying UFOs in the 1980s. If this secret study department does exist, it can be presumed that it 
works in collaboration with the United States (Above Top Secret, pp. 48-49). 

9j Organization of the Research in Russia 

The Academy of Sciences of the USSR has conducted studies on UFOs since 1979 at least. 
During that time, Vladimir Migouline, a member of this academy, expressed his opinion in La 
Recherche regarding the sightings made in the Soviet Union of luminous phenomena and unusual 
objects: "The vast majority of these sightings correspond to real phenomena just about the same as 
those sighted in other countries. But there is no indisputable proof that some of them involve 
technological matjifsstalions of a highly developed civilization. It is also necessary to try to 
connect them with atmospheric phenomena. " he said. 

This is the goal that his assistant Platov aimed for in a work published in 1992. UFOs and 
Modern Science. At that time, Migouline and Platov, heads of the expert's group on abnormal 
phenomena in the Academy of Sciences, proposed a scientific and technical cooperation program 
to SEPRA. but the CNES management did not follow-up on the offer. It should be noted that in the 
Siberian section of the Academy of Sciences, the studies, which are less well known in the West, do 
not rule out the extraterrestrial hypotheses, and even favor it. 

During "Glasnost," information was disseminated on the studies being conducted by both the 
KGB and by the military. In 1991, the KGB declassified 124 pages of documents from Cases of 
Sightings of Abnormal Events over USSR Territory. J 982-1 990. which covered a total of 17 regions. 
One of these cases^ which we detailed in Chapter 3, concerns the extraordinary aerial maneuvers of 
three bright disks over an Army missile base near Astrakhan in 19S9. The objects, which were 
sighted by seven military members, went from hovering to high speed and back again all without 
making any noise. When it was approached by a Soviet fighter jet, one object escaped so quickly 
that it seemed to Jeav£ the Tighter jet standing still in its tracks. 

In 1994. Colonel Boris Sokolov sold ABC News a collection of investigations conducted by 
militar> personnel from 1978 to 1988. Earlier, in 1990, the newspaper Rabochaya Tribuna had 
published an article by Aviation General Maltsev, who commanded the territorial air defense, 
concerning a well-documented visual/radar case with multiple witnesses ( Peres lav -Zaiesski, the 
night of March 21, 1990) in which a silent discoid object went from hovering to a speed two or 
three times faster than that of a modem fighter jet. We described this case in Chapter 2. 



Chapter 10 

UFOs and 

To date, a UFO has not been the certain cause of any accident or a 

fortiori any hostile act, at least officially; no UFO threat has 
materialized in France, although .intimidation maneuvers have been 

confirmed (Chapters 1.1, 2.1, and 2.3), However, numerous 

manifestations observed by reliable witnesses could be the work of 

craft of extraterrestrial origin. In fact, if it were a question of 

terrestrial craft, these could only be American and, despite all 

precautions taken to maintain secrecy, this would be known. The 

first prototype stealth aircraft flew at the end of 1977; the existence 

of stealth aircraft became known about ten years later, in 1988. But 

credible, confirmed UFO sightings began in 1944. Certainly, this 

subject still sometimes elicits amused skepticism, if not a certain 

mistrust with regard to those who mention it seriously, but in the 

absence of explanations for the phenomena sighted, the hypothesis of 

an extraterrestrial origin can no longer be ruled out. In this third 

part, we set out to study, from a strategic, scientific, political, 

religious, and media standpoint, the consequences of this hypothesis 

based on present scientific knowledge. 

Strategic Planning 

The definition of a strategy toward an "adversary" requires that one know the adversary, 
understand his intentions, and ascertain his modes of action. In the case in question, we can only 
advance hypotheses formulated on the basis of the facts observed and iheir interpretation, while 
trying to answer three questions: Who are they? What are their intentions? Are they seeking to 
make contact or have they already done so? 




What Extraterrestrials? Who Are They and What Are They 

A relative consistency emerges from the numerous descriptions of the phenomena: saucer, 
luminous sphere or cylinder, hovering followed by accelerations at lightning speed, the absence of 
noise, easily supersonic speed with no sonic boom, associated electromagnetic effects that interfere 
with the operation of nearby radio or electrical apparatus. Obviously, these extraterrestrials are 
highly endowed intellectually and are technologically advanced over us to have been able to 
achieve what we do not yet know how to do. But the rest remains a mystery! Morphology, 
physical make-up, type of life, manner of communication and foim of society, sense of values, 
concept of time, motivations, etc. If they are observing us, it is necessary to note an apparent 
contradiction between the interest that they show in us and their ftirtiveness. Rather than observe 
us, it seems that they want to show themselves to us and to gradually acclimate us to the idea of 
their existence. 

What Intentions and What Strategy Can We Deduce from Their 

Extrapolation based on a rational analysis of the objectives that the extraterrestrial civilization or 
civilizations could be pursuing should permit us to get an idea of the strategies that they are 
implementing and should consequently lead us, in response, to deduce the broad lines of what our 
own strategies might be. UFOs have manifested themselves to a small extent throughout the world 
in recent decades, with surprising peaks between 1952 and 1954, without our being able to deduce a 
well-defined course of action. What are they seeking? 

After the observation phase and the phase of demonstrating that they exist, it would seem logical 
to us for them to be seeking to leave their mark and impose their will on the States of the earth, but 
at present, nothing allows us to deduce from their manifestations the existence of a driving desire 
serving purposes that we are presently unable to discern. It is plausible that preferred contacts can 
be attributed to the United States. But nothing contradicts the possible establishment of other 
contacts with some European countries or even with Russia, China, or Japan, [or] others perhaps... 
However, it seems difficuh to imagine that they could be able to position themselves on earth with 
the complicity of certain States. Moreover, the hypotheses of contacts do not enable us to deduce 
the existence of some status quo with these visitors. In fact, the sporadic manifestations of UFOs 
and even the occurrence of repeated waves [of sightings] have continued since 1947. One would 
have every right to think that these visitors - fortified by their superiority - are showing their 
intention to continue to make themselves known in the most diverse locations on the planet and to 
continue to carry out their plans, the aims and means of which still escape us. It could be that, 
before 1947 and after, they have had fears for the future of earth, a future threatened by risks of 
nuclear war. Their influences have been able to be accompanied by appropriate demonstrations: 

- overflights of nuclear missile bases, an example of which is given in Chapter 3, 

- intimidation maneuvers against aircraft as in Luxeuil and Tehran (Chapters l.I and 2.3), 

- witnesses paralyzed, engines shutting off, lights going out (San Carlos de Bariloche, Chapter 

The advances that have been made in the conquest of space and in the development of nuclear 
technology could be troubling them. Wouldn't it be logical to think that these extraterrestrial 
civilizations have established stations, even colonies, in the asteroid belt, and why not relay stations 
on the moon? Our forays and projects studied in the United States for modifying the orbits of 
asteroids using H bombs in order to bring them closer to the earth's orbit for mining purposes could 
be disturbing them For the moment, they do not appear to be meddling in our affairs, but it is 




advisable to ask ourselves what ihey are actually seeking. Do they want to invade earth'!' To 
preserve it from nuclear self-destruction? To learn about and preserve the patrimony that our 
civilizations have created over the span of centuries? In view of these uncertainties concerning 
their intentions, we can't tell what the future holds and, in particular, we cannot consider that thev 
will continue not to intervene. Some of their undertakings in regard to us might, therefore, noi be 
innocent in the long term. Perhaps they don't have any need for our sensibilities or the politics of 

Repercussions of UFO Manifestations on the Official and 
Unofficial Conduct of States 

The repercussions have been varied in scope. Based on what can be learned of the reactions of 
States, it is permissible under our hypothesis to classify them as: 

a) States that have no knowledge of eximterrestrial phenomena or are believed to be 

b) Slates that know of extrateTrestrial phenomena but have no means to investigate them. 

c) Stales that know of extraterrestrial phenomena and have the means to investigate them, 

d) States that have entered into contact with one or more extraterrestrial civilizations and that 
have established reiaiions and/or entered into political, scientific, and technical collaboration. 

Have Contacts Possibly Been Made with One or More States? 

Individuals claim to have been contacted for the purpose of studies or with a view to establishing 
relations between one intelligent life form and another. Can we imagine direct and continuous 
contacts at the highest level of one or more States, particularly the United States? It is true that the 
position of that country has been among the strangest since the wave [of sightings] in June 1947. 
followed by the Roswel] affair in July 1947 (cf. Appendix 5). If the Americans were able on that 
occasion or on other occasions to collect at least debris or entire wreckages of extraterrestrial 
vessels in fairly good condition, and even cadavers of humanoids, a certain type of contact might 
well have been established. 

First statements and reactions are often considered lo be more probative than subsequent 
affirmations. Thus immediately following what would later become the Roswell affair, General 
Twining was tasked with preparing a secret report on "flying disks. " the existence of which was not 
revealed until 22 years later in the Condon report. It emerges from this that these objects truly do 
exist. But since then the United States has followed a policy of increasing secrecy (classification 
above "top secret" of certain UFO files, according to General Barry Goldwaler) and constant 
disinformation. The strange conclusions of the Condon report are just one case in point. Why 
would, and how could, such an important secret be kept all the way up to the present, despite 
everything? The simplest response would be that the United States wants to maintain at any cost 
military technological superiority over rival countries and, perhaps, a preferential contact. 

This poJicy.of. secrecy jind disinformation could have. been dictated by an understandable 
concern for not creating panic reactions or irrational crazes among the public, or the concern at the 
time for protecting the country against actions by the USSR, or else, in a more prosaic and political 
fashion, not appearing in the eyes of voters to be incapable of providing convincing explanations 
regarding these phenomena. No doubt it would not do to undermine the prestige of the armed 
forces, which was incapable of interdicting these violations of air space, and invite attacks against 
the military budgets on the part of political opponents. Anything is conceivable, even the fear of 
seeing various government agencies accused of having lied at one time or another. 


Whatever the case, it is symptomatic and illustrative to note that since 1953, the United States 
has equipped itself with an impressive repressive arsenal, which is still in force, it seems. In 
panicular, they enacted two military regulations, AFR (Air Force Regulation) 200-2 and JANAP 
(Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication) 146, the first prohibiting the public disclosure of 
information relating to sightings of unidentified objects and the second making the unauthorized 
disclosure of a UFO sighting by the witness an infraction punishable by 10 years in prison and a 
$10,000 fine. The JANAP regulation applies to military personnel, but also to commercial airhne 
pilots and captains in the merchant marine. 

10.5 What Measures Should We Take From Now On? 

Whether or not UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin, the UFO phenomenon is already with us and. 
at any rate, requires critical vigilance on our part. In particular» the phenomenon involves risks of 
destabilizing manipulations from a media, psychological, cultural, and religious standpoint: panic 
fear, world wars, psychoses created by sects or lobbies, etc. These appreciable risks of cosmic fear, 
as well as the discovery and no doubt conquest of the cosmos that is to come, henceforth justify, on 
the part of the political, scientific, and intellectual elite, a certain degree of cosmic vigilance 
calculated to prevent any shocking surprise, erroneous interpretation, and malicious or unhealthy 

Without a doubt, measures should be contemplated on the national and international levels. 
Whatever the givens are with respect to American political problems, and in the face of a posture of 
ongoing secrecy, how can we conceive of harmonious political and military relations among allies, 
and particularly within NATO, which normally must be founded on basic trust, if access to 
information of incalculable importance - particularly technological information - is not shared? 

105 1 National Structures 

If France wants to affirm its presence in this domain, it seems urgent to expand SEPRA, which 

- increase its human and material resources so as to be able to collect information relating to all 
UFO manifestations, both in Europe and throughout the world, 

- expand its investigation and analysis capabilities, 

- boost its representation and foreign relations status. 

It would likewise be advisable to create a unit at the highest Stale level to collaborate with 
SEPRA that would be tasked with: 

- formulating all prospective hypotheses, 

- promoting scientific and technical research and. as such, would have a small minimum budget, 

- proposing elements of military strategy, 

- participating in the establishment of sectorial cooperation agreements with interested European 
and foreign countries. It should be noted that many countries already have small bodies for the 
collection of UFO sightings within their armed forces or intelligence services. 


1052 European Structures 

It would be desirable then for the European States and the European Union Commission to 
conduct every type of research and to initiate diplomatic demarches with the United States, exerting 
useful pressure, to clarify this crucial issue, which must fail within the scope of political and 
strategic alliances. Would it perhaps be opportune for France to propose to the Commission that it 
create within it -- so as to no longer be blind, dumb, and paralyzed - a special expanded 
coordinating body provided with the necessary human and material resources? 


Chapter. I 

II. I 

What Situations Should We Prepare For? 

What strategies could we map out in the following situations: 

- appearance of UFO and extraterrestrial desire to establish an official and peaceful contact, 

- chance or intentional discovery of a microbase or base at some location in France or in Europe: 
position to adopt toward a friendly or hostile power, 

- invasion (hardly likely given the fact that an invasion could have been carried out before the 
discovery of the atom) and targeted or massive attacks on strategic or nonstrategic locations, 

- deliberate manipulation or disinformation with a view to destabilizing other States. 

In the case of the first situation cited, we are not precluded from suggesting that the States thai 
are equipped with sophisticated research and analysis tools will perhaps have more chances than 
others of being chosen as preferred negotiators, but at what risks and advantages? 

Aeronautical Implications 

Why Aeronautical Implications? 

It is not intellectually possible to remain indifferent in light of an unexplained aeronautical 
phenomenon which numerous civilian and military pilots have come face to face with. Of the 
several hundred confirmed aeronautical cases, there are primarily five types of implications: 

- simpte sighting of a phenomenon by the crew, passengers, or ground personnel, 

- detection of a track on a radar screen, which occurs in one out of five aeronautical cases, 
sometimes culminating in the recording of a track, as was the case on January 2S, 1994, at the Cinq- 
Mars-la-Pile Control and Detection Center (CDC)(cf. Chapter I), 

- interferences with ground (San Carlos de Bariloche) or onboard (Tehran) electrical or 
electronic equipment, 

- shadowing of aircraft (San Carlos de Bariloche, RB-47, etc.), 

- apparently aggressive conduct (Mirage IV, student pilot at Tours, the Tehran incident, etc.). 
The number of testimonies and the quality of the witnesses keep [the issue of] the phenomenon 

from being dodged, and aeronautic personnel, and more especially defense personnel, must be 
sensitized and prepared to deal with the situation. In fact, how can one try to ignore a phenomenon 
that is manifested by the regular crossing of our air space by moving objects the behavior of which 
suggests that they are piloted by an intelligent [being]? Can one claim, because this appears to 
exceed our technical knowledge, that it does not fall within our purview? If we do nothing, the very 



principle of defense and air intelligence wouJd be called into question. 

The first sightings made by aviators date back to the beginning of the 40s Since then, the 
number of unexplained sightings (after an expert's appraisal: UAP Ds) reported by piloxs or [air 
traffic] controllers has risen to over 500. it should be reiterated that in France this figure is three or 
four since 1951. It is the responsibility of the Air Force to take into account these phenomena. 
which, until proven otherwise, occur primarily in airspace. 

Who is Involved? 
M.2.I Flight Crew 

The flight crew is naturally involved, particularly the pilots, because whether they are civilian or 
military, they are in a more advantageous position for making sightings and would be the first 
affected in the event of an incident (risk of coNision, in particular). This is especially true for a 
combat pilot, because he is trained to constantly monitor the sky and he now has more and more 
advanced weapons systems capable of detecting faster and faster and smaller and smaller targets at 
greater and greater distances. The pilot/weapons system pair is now more than ever an excellent 
sighting instrument and would be our first means of intervention if, by chance, this were to prove 
necessary. The concerns of a commercial airline pilot are different because, in addition to the fact 
that he does not have the same equipment, his priority is obviously the safety of his passengers. 
Although he remains a primary partner in the quest for information, he would be totally powerless 
in the face of an aggressive stance by a UFO. 


I! 2.3 

[Air Traffic] Controllers 

The [air traffic] controller is, of course, involved, but depending on whether he is civilian or 
military, the control equipment at his disposal offer him different options. In both cases, since he is 
in radio contact with the pilot, it is he who is the first to receive the sighting report from the crew. 
He must be prepared to note and supplement the sightings transmitted with the clear-headedness 
that the distance of his position gives him. In regard to radar detection, only the military controller 
has adequate equipment to detect a fiying object that does not follow general air traffic rules. In 
fact, military air defense radars permit a visual display of the primary detection, as well as a 
synthetic display used by civilian [air traffic] controllers, to appear on the military controller's radar 
scope (see Appendix 1). In addition, they are the only ones who are able to obtain an image of craft 
moving at the supposed speeds of UFOs. Finally, the means to record and reconstruct radar 
situations on site at the Control and Detection Centers (CDC) enable supplemental investigations to 
be conducted, if necessary. 


Unusual phenomena are often explained by meteorological phenomena. Questions can easily be 
explained if the specialized departments are informed of the importance of their observations. All 
military and civilian personnel specializing in meteorology must therefore be able to meet this 



1124 CNES Engineers 

CNES engineers are the French space specialists. They cannot remain indifferent to UFO 
phenomena. Kjiowledge of our universe, observation of the sky, and surveillance of anything that is 
deployed into the sky naturalty makes them just the right people to head up the study of 
extraterrestrial phenomena. We have described their work above. 

n.2.5 Engineers in the Aeronautics Sector 

Engineers in the aeronautic sector are naturally involved. Their work is presented in the next 
chapter on scientific and technical implications. 

u.i How Do We Involve Aeronautics [Personnel]? 

In order for aeronautics personnel, along with their resources, to be invotved, we need to know 
how to interest them and, in order to do this, how to inform them of the phenomenon, to specify 
what is expected of them, and to define what their reflex responses should be and what course of 
action they should lake. 

113.1 Informing Personnel 

Informing amounts, first and foremost, to getting someone to accept the possibility of the 
presence of extraterrestrial craft in our sky. It is necessary to overcome the fear of ridicule and to 
admit that, failing certainty, there are strong presumptions based on a list of examples selected from 
among the testimonies from the aeronautics world. Moreover, it is necessary to reach all 
generations. Informational conferences can be easily scheduled at aeronautics schools for the 
young generations (Ecole de I'Air, Ecole Nationale de I'Aviation Civile [National Civil Aviation 
School] (ENAC, Sup'Aero, etc.), and for the not-so-young, in continuing education courses and, 
obviously, at the College Interarmees de Defense [Interarmy Defense College] (CID) and IHEDN. 
SEPRA is already holding conferences at ENAC within the framework of civilian [air traffic] 
controller training. This practice just needs to be extended to all flight crew training schools, 
regardless of the specialty being taught. For the generations already on the job, these conferences 
can easily be offered at the Control and Detection Centers and flight units for military personnel, 
and. at least for civilian [air traffic] controllers, at the Regional Air Navigation Centers (CNRA). 
As for commercial flight crews, the airline companies - Air France, in particular — have set up a 
systematic information sheet for crews that is periodically updated. 

This information must furthermore be updated on a regular basis in the knowledge that the 
intended objective is to permit a future witness, whether he plays an active role or is merely an 
observer, to be fully aware of what course of action to take in the face of the phenomenon sighted. 
If we want personnel to get involved, it is necessary that they know how to react in real time and 
what to communicate and to whom, how to take the measures corresponding to the present 
situation, etc. For this reason, It is advisable to define with them what their reflex responses should 
be and what course of action they should take. 

1132 Reflex Responses 

In fact, it is necessary to instill in personnel who are brought face to face with the phenomenon 
what their reflex responses should be, in the knowledge that they may merely be simple observers 
or, in some cases, have to take concrete measures (for example, at San Carlos de Bariloche, the 

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surprise of the landing strip lights going out in the middle of the UFO incident). It is quite certain 
that it would be better to be prepared in order to be fully aware of what course of action to take in 
the face of such an unforeseen and poorly understood event. These reflex responses differ in type 
depending on whether it is a matter of sighting, recording a testimony, transmitting information 
collected, or reacting in real time in order to take ad hoc measures in response to the phenomenon. 

113 3 Course of Action to Take 

The course of action to take seems to us to be summarized as follows: observe, note the 
maximum amount of details, take photographs if possible^ make a report, allowing the visitors the 
initiative of possibly making contact, and avoid premature publicity in the media. 

1 i 3 3 1 Objective Observation 

In the face of an unknown situation, one must be on guard against any instinctive self-defense 
reaction that could be easily interpreted as a provocation. One must just observe and avoid any 
initiative aimed at seeking contact. 

11332 Reporting 

Once a phenomenon has been sighted, it is advisable to report it in order to alert the other crews, 
on the one hand, which is what is currently done, and the authorities, on the other hand, through the 
air [traffic] control chain of command in civilian cases and the air defense chain of command in 
military cases. 

1 1 .3.3 i 

Chapter 12 

Remaining Discrete Vis-a-Vis the Public 

As a witness to a phenomenon of this type, one must know how to adopt a certain level of 
discretion vis-a-vis the press. It is essential to allow scientists [time] to make use of the information 
before letting the media trigger the curiosity of the general public, which could resuh in the 
disappearance of important evidence. 

Scientific and Technical Implications 

The significance of the UFO phenomenon to defense in the broad sense leads to different 


12.1 Stepping Up the Collection and Analysis of Data 

It is, of course, advisable to continue and, if possible, expand geographically the collection, 
initial analysis, and classification of data and testimonies performed successively by GEPAN and 
then by SEPRA, which was described in Chapters 5 and 6. 

12 : Establishing a Watch and Initiate Work Upstream 

From the studies presented in Chapter 8, it can be concluded that at least a passive, and 


preferably an active, techno-watch is required in the fields of ieading-edge propulsion such as. for 
example, magnctohydrodynamics. It is truly essential to know what the other nations are doing in 
this area. In other high-tech fields, the study of the various testimonies could be combined with 
appropriate scientific experiments to enable significant progress. A typical example is thai of 
particle beams or microwaves, together with their effects: tools, weapons, etc. All of these subjects 
are, on the whole, more advanced than the technical problems presently under study by DGA or the 
public research institutions. Therefore they will not be deah with unless a decision is made at the 
highest State leveL 

12J Encouraging Thought in Order to Place the Phenomena in a 

Global Context 

The work mentioned above will enable progress in the partial models of the phenomena sighted, 
along with considerable spill-over for defense and industry. But the global interpretation of well- 
documented but inexplicable phenomena will require other research. The principal areas of 
research relate to the extraterrestrial hypothesis; we will list, for reference, the current research on 
the detection of extrasolar planets, which will take a new direction when the VLT (Very Large 
Telescope) of the ESO (European Southern Observatory) in Chile enables them to be observed 
directly. Each discovery of a planet, which is presently made indirectly via the disturbances thai the 
planet causes in its star, has met with a favorable response in the media. 

Less spectacular, albeit fascinating to a cultured public, is the research on the origin of life that is 
being conducted internationally at a very satisfying rate. It forms the basis of exobiology, the 
science of extraterrestrial life (see Appendix 3). Studies on evolution and its mechanisms are 
currently handicapped by school disputes. They are important to our subject; How might life 
evolve elsewhere? Underdeveloped but still important are the studies on the genesis and future of 
civilizations. The latter are normally extended by long-term, forward-looking scenarios for our 
planet and, of course, for others. 

Interstellar travel, as visualized in Appendix 4 - entitled "Colonization of Space" - must be the 
object of at least passive monitoring. This subject is currently being dealt with in the United States. 
where numerous NASA or Pentagon study contracts concern propulsion using antimatter in solar or 
interstellar space. It was also in the United Stales where the astronomer Papagiannis won a NASA 
study contract a few years ago to detect possible space cities in the asteroid belt located between the 
planets Mars and Jupiter. In carrying out the study, he examined the photos taken in 1983 by the 
IRAS [Infrared Astronomical Satellite] satellite and looked for possible abnormal infrared emissions 
coming from objects in this belt. It would seem that NASA did not renew Papagiannis' contract, 
which apparently did not yield any results. 

12.4 Special Studies 

Some studies do not come under the "hard" sciences and technologies: for interstellar voyages. 
the stability of the societies involved requires study. What, in particular, is their minimum size? 
The different attempts at disinformation made by certain foreign governments should be analyzed 
discretely, but in depth. The concern of these governments over appropriating for themselves alone 
any possible futuristic technologies relating to military aircraft and weapons might help explain 
these attempts (see Appendices 5 and 7). It would be advisable to already be anticipating the 
measures to be taken and the decisions to be made should events such as indubitable physical or 
radio contacts with an outside civilization take place. 


Chapter !3 


Political and Religious Implications 

An assessment of the impact that the formal confirmation of the existence of UFOs and 
extraterrestrial civilizations would have on the political and religious situation of the countries on 
earth could be a bit of a challenge. However, the task is less arduous when we try to put ourselves 
in the shoes of extraterrestrials who supposedly have chosen earth as a field of observation and/or 
intervention. We will use this method . It is appropriate, of course, to postulate that the technical 
and human difficulties have been resolved, permitting us to exceed the limits of our solar system, 
and even our galaxy: 

- Either in secular voyages aboard a "ship-world," in which thousands of volunteers who have 
embarked would see their generations replaced, h is necessary to keep in mind that these craft will 
not be able to one day return to earth, at least that is what we are assuming, which would confer - 
de facto - a political autonomy and freedom of decision to the onboard government independent of 
orders and programs established prior to departing eanh {cf Appendix 4: "Colonization of Space"). 

- Or, in [voyages of] several months or years - based on totally revolutionary scientific concepts 
and techniques that can only be imagined - using aircraft or probes piloted by classic crews or by 
bionic androids, which would follow the instructions received from a parent station or from earth. 

During the course of these explorations, we might discover one or more celestial bodies 
populated with beings that have evolved more or less similarly to us, "humans," humanoid, or even 
stranger creatures. They may have created civilizations that are comparable to or more advanced 
than our present civilization, or they may be endowed with only rudimentary aptitudes for 
civilization, unless they still remain only at the elementary survival stage. 

(Nota Bene m this chapter, the numbers in parentheses refer to the references, pp. 87 to 89) 

Phase One: Observation From a Distance 

It seems reasonable to think that our earthling explorers have received a mission to peacefully 
observe these worlds and/or conquer, purely and simply, these new territories in order to establish a 
line of descendants there (cf. 13.4 below). The state of advancement of the local populations will 
likely dictate the manner of obtaining, as well as the nature and duration, of these observations, and 
the initial observations will, of course, be for analyzing: 

- the living organisms, the manners in which they think and live, their languages, their religions 
and beliefs, their arts, sciences and weapons techniques, their political institutions, their social 
organizations, and their histories in general, 

- the environments in which these populations live, [and] animals, plants, minerals, etc. 

This first phase, which does not include any physical or material contact, would be that of 
scientific, in vivo laboratory observation: electronic surveillance, remote sensing, recording, 
decrypting of languages, analyses, evaluations, etc. It is important to emphasize thai this period 
could last one year, ten years, a century, [or] a thousand years, and why not? In fact, what better 
scientific experiment - lato sensu - than that of having more or less civilized, stagnant or evolving 
populations, either at peace or at war. organized in a hundred different manners, no doubt having 
languages that are foreign to one another, considering each one with respect to the way it organizes 
its terrestrial and celestial cities. In a word, we would be in the situation of observing ourselves! 


13.2 Phase Two: In situ Sampling and Furtive Appearances 

The interpretation of the data collected can only be complete when a second phase has been 
implemented, during which sampling and analyses of mineral, plant, and animal elements, and 
perhaps even elements from evolved beings, are performed. Consequently, the question is raised as 
to the types of contacts that would be appropriate to establish and the political, psychological, and 
religious implications for the local populations that might result from these contacts: furtive and 
covert contacts, visible and overt contacts, continuous or intermittent contacts. If the furtive and 
covert mode of operation is selected, it nevertheless could not - at least based on the present state of 
our technology - go completely unnoticed by the indigenous populations. It is permissible to 
consider that the psychological and religious impacts may vary according to the different types of 
political organizations and the levels of moral and scientific development encountered on the same 

132 1 Impacts on Preindustrial-Age Civilizations 

Individuals or masses from preindustrial-age civilizations might note the passage and/or landing 
of our ships or our remote-controlled craft. They might collectively view them equally as natural, 
divine, extraordinary, supernatural, aberrant, or diabolical phenomena (frescoes in the Yugoslavian 
monastery at Detchani, spheres in Nuremberg and Basel in 1561 and 1566 - cf. Appendix 6). 
Furthermore, the collective memories of these peoples and their imagination in general could be 
more or less sharply marked by such manifestations if they are accompanied, in particular, by the 
sighting of our astronauts, whether dressed in their coveralls or their space suits or not, or robots, 
androids, or any artifacts that we may deem appropriate to disembark or represent. Such 
appearances, if the local authorities note and publicly certify their reality, would undoubtedly have 
a creative impact capable of modifying the indigenous political and religious conceptions for some 


Impacts on Local Religions 

Since terrestrial and celestial orders are closely interlinked in people's minds, the appearances of 
spaceships or remote-controlled craft, and, moreover, the appearances of astronauts or bionic 
robots, would be capable of creating a tasting impression in minds, reorienting religions, inspiring 
news, or originating founding myths. The flying machines that Ezekiel described at length (1 ). the 
air war of the Ramayana, the Epic of Gilgamesh (2), the Elohim of Genesis (3), and the Watchmen 
of the Sky, mixing with the daughters of men and begetting giants, whom Enoch also speaks of (4), 
and more generally, the Immortals, the Sons or the Kings of the Sky of the Orient and China (5), 
Japan, the "Land of Gods" (6), the Viracochas of South America, the Incas, or the great gods of 
Ancient Egypt, the Gods, the Titans, the Giants, the Children of the Gods, and the Heros of western 
and oriental Antiquity (7), etc., come to mind. 

Both supernatural and extraordinary phenomena were part of the natural order of things in the 
past. Would r^irgions founded on the existence of a God ora creative order be shattered by such 
apparitions? Nothing is less certain. Once the shock, terror, and curiosity have passed, a new 
appreciation of the cosmic order could replace the old religious conceptions, without necessarily 
destroying the divine principle itself. To say the least, these religious conceptions could be 
reoriented or even sublimated. God does not travel around in a spaceship. Besides, the great 
religions of earth do not condemn the idea of the existence of other inhabited worlds in the 
universe. Must we recall that certain collective memories experience aberrations, despite the 




13.3 1 

tangible proof subsequently furnished to the catechumen (the cult of the cargo plane in New 
Hebrides) (8)? Bonaparte's military and scientific expedition to Egypt left no trace in the local 
annals, which recorded only an interruption of the pilgrimage to Mecca (9). Closer to home, many 
people did not believe that men had walked on the moon, believing ii to be a publicitv stunt or 
disinformation. It would be appropriate, however, to qualify this impact, insofar as all ancient 
civilizations conceived of pantheons, the gods of which were associated with terrifying 
manifestations of the sea, wind, volcanoes, earthquakes, or lightening. It is therefore difficult to say 
whether they were the avatars of extraterrestrial influences or, more simply, the product of the 
invention of mythologies explaining the world. 

Political Impacts 

With respect to the political impacts, these should be much more ephemeral, at least in 
appearance, In fact, once the moments of astonishment have passed, the political organization of 
States does not seem to have to be affected in a lasting manner, since contingencies quickly regain 
the upper hand. However, that monarch or chief of state could proclaim himself the exclusive and 
privileged interpreter of these extraordinary manifestations. Would he not be tempted to consecrate 
himself a god-king or a king-god in the eyes of his subjects? 

Once again without being able to distinguish what is the product of the natural and spontaneous 
search for the legitimacy of power from what could actually only be the resuh of inveigling by the 
privileged, we are forced to note that history abounds in god-kings or king-gods (pharaohs; 
Assyrian kings; Hellenic epiphanic kings; Roman, Chinese, or Japanese emperors; sons of the Sun 
of Central or South America, etc.). 

Impacts on IndustriaJ-Age Civilizations 

Industrial-age civilizations are more skeptical than they formerly were and have more difficulty 
envisioning what is not a product of the immediately explainable or the simply measurable. 
However, it is certain that the furnishing of irrefutable proof of the existence of extraterrestrials 
would leave a profound mark on populations such as ours today. This issue is at the heart of our 


Phase Three: Influences on Local Civilizations 

The third phase would be that of the influences that we would consider appropriate to exert on 
the environment and the civilizations encountered with a view to causing them to evolve in our 
fashion It goes without saying that the advantages and risks would have to be studied carefully. 

Influences on Preind us trial-Age Civilizations 

We might consider it necessary, in certain cases, to influence the environment in a specific 
manner and the evolution of local civilizations in a subtle way. It might seem necessary to us, upon 
completion of our observations and our analyses, to modify, bit by bit, the natural environment and 
the ecosystem by, for example, seeding or introducing select plants and organisms that are lacking. 

Likewise, the course of indigenous civilizations could be gradually modified by influencing, 
either from a distance or directly, the qualities or defects of select individuals, accentuating their 


intellectual and moral tendencies and their scientific knowledge, or by causing genetic mutations b> 
different processes that are yet to be invented. In this case, it would be a matter of playing the role 
that these populations would have willingly reserved for gods, who, by providing sacred texts, 
would reorient, for example, their sense of morals, their religiosity, and perhaps their laws and their 
political institutions. The use of elements likely to terrify and impress could be appropriate in some 
cases. And, with all due reverence, nothing would prevent one from thinking of different episodes 
in the Old Testament, the conditions under which the laws of Manu were instituted ( 1 0) or even the 
Koran given. The influences relate back to a certain number of enigmas in history, including. 
perhaps, the concomitant appearance of the great civilizations of the Indus, Mesopotamia, and 
Egypt (cities, architeclurCj writing, calendar, astronomy, etc.). They also call to mind the 
extraordinary map of the Antarctic, which was drawn almost free of ice by the Frenchman Oronce 
Fine in 1583, nearly three centuries prior to the discovery of this continent in 1820 (! 1)- 

133 2 Influences on Industrial-Age Civilizations 

The nature of these influences will vary according to the type of civilization, its technological 
development, and its psychological acclimatization or lack thereof to the existence of 
extraterrestrial civilizations. It would be advisable beforehand to accustom the mind of these 
populations to the idea of the probable existence of extraterrestrial civilizations (science-fiction 
novels, films, cartoon strips, video games, advertisements, a favorable psychological climate, [and] 
why not suitable sects?^ etc.). 

New and es&ential technological knowledge could be provided via different avenues or by means 
of chance or provoked accidents with one of our spacecraft. The contemporary Roswell case thus 
comes to mind. In order for the craft to be retained in full (or disposed of), it would still have been 
necessary for the U.S. government to in fact have wanted to show, communicate and have analyzed, 
without beating around the bush, all of the elements that it actually recovered on that occasion. 


Phase Four: Direct Contacts 

A fourth phase would be that of establishing direct contact with the locals or with entire 
populations, whether or not a vanguard of bionic robots were used. Once again, the goals sought 
must be precisely determined. The benefit and true utility of establishing such contacts must be 
weighed with care in order to calculate the risks and consequences. A specific program could plan 
for these. However, a serious technical accident affecting one of our spacecraft could be the start of 
an unofficial contact, a necessary settlement, or a colonization, or even, if necessary, an 
information-disinformation campaign. It is also advisable to envision the sedition of some of our 
crews whom it might be necessary to disembark or who might decide on their own authority to live 
on one of the worlds discovered and., uhimately, mix with the indigenous populations, going against 
orders received, whether willingly or against their will, not to intervene or interfere in local affairs. 
These contacts presuppose that the worlds discovered are populated with human beings or hominids 
whose complexion is identical or close to onrs. But under the hypothesis of contacts and planned 
long-iemi settlements of members of our crews, should mixes be prohibited, as prophylaxis, by 
imposing a major ban on them (12) or, on the contrary, should they be tolerated and even 
encouraged? Bear in mind that direct or prolonged contacts would inevitably lead the indigenous 
populations to believe, in fine, that we are not so different from them. It would be prudent, 
however, to send remote-controlled androids in advance in order to assess the reactions that such an 
intrusion would arouse, or to acclimate the populations to the idea through furtive, episodic 




What would happen if we encountered populations composed of beings that were deformed or 
monstrous in our eyes? The visual effect would certainly be startling and a choice subject for their 
media and ours, but the types of contact would consequently be different, or at least we can assume 

Direct Contacts with Prein dust rial- Age Civilizations 

]t is certain that such contacts would immediately cause the local populations to imagine that 
they are in the presence of gods. Historical parallels naturally come to mind: the arrival of the 
Spaniards in Central America in armor and on horseback, or, more generally, the arrival of the 
Europeans at the time of the discovery and exploration of the globe. The impact on populations that 
had never seen horses, armor that shone brightly in the sun, or white men, particularly with blond or 
red hair, had to be felt strongly. However, the shock of these apparitions would be quickly lessened 
with the multiplication of relations, and even more so if our crews were to take an eminent place in 
the local political and military orders. This, of course, relates back to the different epics of the 
discovery of the world, European colonization, and also the end of the western empires. 

Direct Contacts with Industrial-Age Civilizations 

The day would come when we believed that these civilizations, gradually brought to our level 
through our efforts, are able to participate in our world. With the ground prepared in advance, 
contacts could, for example, be established discretely with select individuals or at the highest level 
of the States, or of some of them, and, if possible, be kept secret. Although leaks should not be 
ruled out, the leaders selected would then have to conduct information, disinformation, and 
counterinformation campaigns to maintain the privileged nature of these relations and, who knows, 
to benefit, from our side, from novel scientific, technical, and political information, giving them an 
edge over their rivals. The selection of States, rulers, key figures, or mere individuals would, of 
course, be of paramount importance. 

Before or after the implementation of an influencing program, why not imagine having bionic 
robots that look like humans or resemble the living beings ther^ appear in order not to risk the lives 
of members of our expeditions? Finally, why not purely and simply present ourselves openly and 
publicly? It is easy to imagine the huge sensation that this would cause in all psychological, 
political, military, strategic, and religious spheres, to say nothing of the media, [as well as the] 
multiple meetings and international colloquiums, uninterrupted sessions of organizations such as 
the UN. calls for "woriduniry, " international consultations, the creation of welcoming committees, 
etc. [that it would prompt]. The rivalry of the States would be interesting to observe. 

It goes without saying that our intentions must be perceived as peaceful. If this were not our 
policy, there would, of course, be no need to take special precautions to show consideration for the 
sentiments of the local populations. In all of these scenarios, we should encounter idolaters, 
sycophants, Herodians, who, out of a millenaiist conviction, gullibility, pragmatism, or interest, 
would welcome us with enthusiasm as saviors, capable of solving all of their problems and bringing 
them peace and prosperity, preferably without having to exert much effort. These would be our first 
allies Zealots, skeptics, and those who have withdrawn into the venerable secular conceptions of 
their world, which has been turned upside-down, would cast doubt on or deny our existence. If they 
were to admit it, they would consider us as so many invaders, whose intentions would be perceived 
as all the more suspect since they would be peaceful. There is but one logical step to take between 


Chapter 14 

that and imagining the creation of defense movements and resistance movements againsi the 
invader. The strength of these movements would depend, in part, on our skill in squashinji them. 
convincing them, in the hope of attaching them to us. 

But how then do we avoid the pitfall of good intentions and good sentiments that evervone 
knows the road to hell is paved with? (13) Should we admit how long we have been observing 
them? Would they reproach us for not having intervened to prevent a world war of this t>pe, or 
would they blame us for it, or, more generally, would they hold it against us that we changed the 
course of civilizations? Very severe and lasting psychological disturbances should be envisioned in 
these cases. Would they be disappointed to learn that we are not immortal? Later, economic and 
technological exchanges and financial ties should be established with these populations. Would it 
be a wise policy to involve ourselves in local affairs? And in one manner or another, could we 
escape the requests to become arbitrators of political disagreements, peace, war, and economic 

Whatever the case, one day or another we would have to pay the price for all of the unsolved 
problems. Would they not go so far as to reproach us for the contributions of our very advanced 
civilization, or at least for what we thought would be of benefit to them? Changes of opinion and 
attitude toward us could occur over time. Wouldn't groups of people be one day tempted to 
consider themselves our equals, because we were not able to remain inaccessible? Protest 
movements would consequently arise and revolutionary cycles would no doubt be set in motion, as 
a resuh of which we, as well as our Herodian allies, would suffer. Our global policy would then be 
compromised and we would have to consider making our contacts less frequent and, ultimately, 
withdrawing onto our ships and retreating. We would then have the time necessary to review our 
policies, based on the still unknown techniques of our catechumens. 

The discovery of new worlds could enable us to enter into contact with civilizations just as 
developed as our own and even far more advanced. Nothing allows us to rule out the possibility 
that, ultimately, we would encounter explorers from other more distant worlds. Under these 
hypothetical conditions, it Is permissible to imagine that we might have been discovered in space 
first. It would be our turn then to experience - at least in part - the psychological effects and the 
political and religious implications that we have described. What would be the policy of local 
governments toward us? Would they welcome us peacefully or would they prudently keep us at a 
distance? Should we fear seeing ourselves aim nuclear space weapons or other weapons against, for 
example, the bases that we had attempted to establish or had succeeded in establishing in the 
asteroid beh close to one of their worlds? 

What would be the results of such encounters? What relations could we establish and what 
influences would we exert on these different types of civilizations? Anything is conceivable. 
Having come full circle, we thus return to our concerns and our current questions. 

Media Implications 

As was stressed earlier, it may seem extravagant that sensible people, scientists moreover, are 
interested in unexplained - and for the time being still inexplicable - phenomena at the risk of 
appearing ridiculous. But, as this report tries to demonstrate, there are enough questions regarding 
tangible evidence to justify the scientific interest generated by these issues. What separates our 
approach from the media's approach is the researcher's curiosity with respect to the research to be 
conducted in order to solve the enigmas posed to his sagacity even if science has not 


reached an adequate state to answer them fully, as opposed to the curiosity of the press regarding a 
subject with sudden new developments that are likely to produce marvelous scoops, which 
generally are not characterized by scientific precision. 

It is not a question of putting the press on trial; its aid is often most valuable. But these fleeting 
events are supported in part by human testimonies, which are all the more flimsy since they come 
from people who are affected by their encounter with "the unknown" and since ihey elude the usual 
benchmarks. The press has a tendency sometimes to either ridicule the facts reported or to make 
itself look ridiculous because of the excess of information extrapolated from the elements described 
by the witnesses. 

14.1 What Can a Government Fear From the Curiosity of the Media? 

- panic: the media broadcast terri^'ing information liable to sow panic among the population. 
The famous example of Orson Welles's fictional program taken literally by radio listeners in 1938, 
wreaking tremendous havoc in one region of the United States, may have influenced the reaction of 
U.S. military personnel vis-a-vis the RosweH incident in 1947. The disinformation campaign was 
skillfully conducted, since it has muzzled the media for 3D years. Panic, which is accompanied by 
considerable human chaos (suicides, people fleeing on the roads, riots, and vandalism, etc.) would 
cause any government for which peace alone is a wealth and stability factor to shrink back. 

- Mistrust: the fear of seeing accurate information divulged and repeated with obvious irony is 
also a deterrent to openly mentioning UFO questions. This posture is at the core of the 
disinformation and confusion in which public opinion is steeped with regard to what is true and 
what is false. It can only be dreaded by decision -makers. 

- Fear of ridicule: although ridicule has no longer killed for some time, it is nonetheless often 
difficult to overcome. 

- Manipulation: the media can be manipulated by lobbies or pressure groups for sectorial 
purposes (for example, push politicians to create an anti-UFO SDI [Strategic Defense Initiative]) 
and could thus become the unwitting spokesmen of a disinformation campaign or a destabilization 

14.2 What Attitudes do the Media Adopt? 

- For the tabloids, anything is good if it sells. The public's curiosity is great and its demand 
generates enticing and often phony articles. Although they become the relayer of incredible 
theories, it is, on the other hand, thanks to the tabloids that the latest revelations concerning Roswell 
made by old witnesses have begun to become known. 

- For the major newspapers, irony or aggressiveness are most often a manner of broaching a 
taboo subject that no one has a handle on. But the press can also spread the news about an 
extraordinary phenomenon when, as in the case of San Carlos de Bariloche, dozens of people were 
witnesses to it. It sometimes also makes a good presentation of the UFO case. 

- For television and movies, the subject is in vogue because it can be dealt with as fiction, and 
there nothing checks the imagination of the producers. The bizarre fashion adopted by Channel + [a 
French television station] for its "Nuii des Extraterrestres [Extraterrestrials Night]" does not 
prompt one to take this subject seriously. However, tribute should be paid to several serious and 
well-documented broadcasts, like that of Arte in March 1996. 

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I4J What Should Be Done? 

The ftiture of our planet lies in space. Whether it be overpopulation, a spirit of adventure, the 
search for other raw materials, a liking for conquest and colonization, or other, more or less 
altruistic, motivations, everything is pushing toward expansion far from humanity. Will we one day 
be extraterrestrials on other planets? When our probes orbit around more and more distant worlds 
and film them, what might hypothetical inhabitants think of them? 

We must prepare ourselves for this prospect, and the media can help educate the masses, 
A strengthened SEPRA could usefully dedicate its efforts to the training of journalists and could 
create a documentary site on the Internet. 

Conclusions and Recommendations 

The UFO problem cannot be eliminated by mere caustic and offhand witticisms. Since the 
publication of the first report by the Association des Anciens Auditeurs of IHEDN 20 years ago, 
CNES has conducted serious studies in close collaboration with the Gendarmerie National and the 
Air Force primarily, as well as with other State agencies (Civil Aviation, Weather Service, etc.). 
These studies tally with other research conducted more or less discretely abroad, mainly in the 
United States. 

They demonstrate the almost certain physical reality of completely unknown flying objects with 
remarkable flight performances and noiselessness, apparently operated by intelligent [beings]. 
With their maneuvers, these flying objects considerably impress civilian and military pilots, who 
hesitate to speak [about theml. The fear of appearing ridiculous, alienated, or simply gullible is the 
principal reason for this reserve. Secret craft definitely of earthly origin (drones, stealth aircraft, 
etc.) can only explain a minority of cases. If we go back far enough in time, we clearly perceive the 
limits of this explanation. 

Thus we are forced to resort to other hypotheses. Some can neither be confirmed nor 
invalidated. They are therefore not scientific, and, certainly, it is very difficult to scientifically 
study rare, elusive, and chance phenomena, when science is based above all on experiments and 
their reproducibility. However, the example of meteorites shows that this type of phenomenon can 
nevertheless end up being accepted by the scientific community after centuries of doubt and 

A single hypothesis sufficiently takes into account the facts and, for the most part, only calls for 
present-day science. It is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitors. Advanced as of 1947 by certain 
U.S. military personnel, today it is popular worldwide. It is discredited by a certain elite, but is 
plausible Scientists (astronomers, physicists, engineers, fiiturologists, etc.) have elaborated on it 
enough for it to be receivable - as a hypothesis - by their peers. Different plausible variants 
concemmg the voyage of one or more civilizations from a remote solar system to ours have been 
developed. A model of magnetohydrodynamic technology, which could be employed to propel the 
UFOs in the atmosphere, has been well developed. Other manifestations of these objects have 
begun to receive a physical explanation {automobile breakdowns, truncated beams [of light], etc.). 

The purposes of these possible visitors remain unknown, but they must be the subject of 
indispensable speculations and the development of prospective scenarios. 

The extraterrestrial hypothesis is far from the best scientific hypothesis. It certainly has not been 
categorically proven, but strong presumptions exist in its favor and if it is correct, it is loaded with 

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Based on this prudent but solid assessment, we can make several recommendations: 
3) Inform the political, military, and administrative decision-makers, as well as the aircraft and 
helicopter pilots. A gradual information campaign could target; 

- ENA [National Public Management College] and IHEDN, 

- [Ministry of] Defense schools: Air, Naval, Saint-Cyr, Gendarmerie, (officers and iower- 
level gendaimes), Sante des Armees [Military Health College], Poiytechnique 
[Poiyiechnical College], ENSTA [National College of Advanced Technologies], ENSAE 
[National College of Statistics and Financial Management], CID. CHEAR [Center for 
Advanced Weapons Studies], CHEM [Center for Advanced Military Studies], etc., 

- civilian schools and their alumni: Ecole Nationale Superieure de Police [National 
Police College], Ecole des Officiers de Police [Police Officers Academy], journalism 
schools, Ecole Nationale de I'Aviation Civile. At the latter school, numerous conferences 
have allowed air [traffic] controllers to be taught the proper reactions in the event an 
aircraft encounters a UFO, 

- agencies that support or conduct research for military purposes: DGA, ONERA, 
CEA/DAM [Directorateof Military Applications], etc, 

- special civilian and military departments, as well as the Direction de la Communication 
de la Defense [Defense Communications Directorate] (DICOD, former central SIRPA 
[Armed Forces Information and Public Relations Department]), calling their attention to 
disinformation processes. 

2) Boost SEPRA's human and material resources so that it can: 

- develop its investigation and analysis possibilities, 

- collect information relating to all UFO manifestations, both in Europe and throughout 
the world, 

- maintain and develop databases on different aspects of these manifestations, 

- boost its representation and foreign relations status. 

3) Have considered the detection of UFOs by civilian and military space surveillance systems, 
which it is necessary to develop for other reasons (prevention of collisions between satellites and 
space debris, etc.). 

4) Create a unit at the highest State level to collaborate with SEPRA, that would be tasked with: 

- formulating all prospective hypotheses, 

- promoting scientific and technical efforts and, as such, have an annual budget of a few 
million francs, 

- participating in the establishment of sectorial cooperation agreements with other 

5) Initiate diplomatic demarches to the United States, with the support of other States and even 
the European Union, to urge the superpower to collaborate and, if necessary, exert useful pressure 
to clarify this crucial issue that can only come within the framework of political and strategic 

6) As speculative as these possibilities are, reflect, at the level of public authorities and with the 
aid of the unit mentioned in item 4), on the measures to lake in the event of a spectacular and 
indisputable manifestation of a UFO: 

- overt attempt to make contact, 

- landing before numerous witnesses, 

- other substantial actions- 

These reflections would be carried out methodically, while maintaining, obviously, a minimum 




Radar Detection in France 

Radar detection in France is carried out by two radar station networks, the military network 
equipped with both primary and secondary radars and the civilian network equipped almost 
entirely with secondary radars. Primary radar permits one to detect and visualize on a screen (or 
scope) the geographic position and the altitude (three-dimensional radar) of all moving objects via 
the reflection of radar waves off of the body of the moving object. 

Conversely, secondary radar permits the detection and display on the screen only of moving 
objects equipped with a "transponder" that is able to respond to the coded signals that it emits. 
Thus any moving object not equipped with a "transponder" could not be detected by secondary 

This detail is extremely important in the case in question, because only the primary radars 
installed at military Control and Detection Centers (CDC) and radar detection aircraft, the Air 
Force AWACS and soon the Navy Hawkeyes, are able to detect a UFO, provided that the laner is 
not a "stealth" craft. 

Finally, it is necessary to know that all radar information detected by the totality of radar 
stations in the territory, airborne warning aircraft, and the radar stations of neighboring countries 
are being collected and processed in the STRIDA (Systeme de Traitement des Informations de 
Defense Aerienne [Air Defense Information Processing Center]) network, thus pemiitting 
detection coverage over a square more than 4500 km per side. 

Appekdix 2 

Astronomers' Sightings 

by Jean-Claude Ribes 

The following argument has often been raised against the testimonies concerning UFOs: 
astronomers, who should have a ringside seat, do not relate any such sightings. 

The first response is that in actual fact, professional astronomers concentrate on a very small 
field of the sky, which is observed through an instrument in a dome, Thus they have less chances 
than a "tourist" of sighting a relatively rare luminous phenomenon. Amateur astronomers, who 
spend a lot of time looking at the sky, generally in the open air, are much better positioned to sight 
an unusual phenomenon without confusing it with an astronomical object. But we can expect 
them to be extremely reticent to relate such a sighting out of fear of ridicule, because amateurs are 
generally desirous of "professionaf recognition. At any rate, no specific investigation has been 
conducted, to my knowledge, in this particular population. 

The results of two independent studies conducted by professional astronomers with their 
colleagues are quite different: in the 50s, Hynek informahy questioned some forty astronomers, a 
little more than 10% of whom had actually sighted unexplained phenomena. Among the latter, 
Josef Allen Hynek cites Professor Lincoln La Paz, Director of the Institute of Meteoritics at the 
University of New Mexico, and Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of the planet Pluto, who died in 
1997. In the 70s this time, Peter A. Sturrock sent a detailed questionnaire to 261 1 members of the 
American Astronomical Association, guaranteeing them anonymity. Half responded, and sixty 
sightings were encountered 

No systematic study of this type has been conducted in France, but a sighting by Marseilles 
astronomers Georges Courtes and Maurice Viton is frequently cited. One of my colleagues also 
related to me a sighting that he had made in his youth of an object with an apparent diameter of the 
moon (which, moreover, was visible), moving slowly from north to south. He was not yet a 


professional at the time but rather a well-informed amateur, and he does not see any explanation 
for his sighting, which he has never mentioned publicly. 

Thus it appears that the percentage of sightings by astronomers is comparable to that noted in 
the overall population, although there is a definite reticence among a vast majorii\' lo mention 
them without being assured of anonymity. In addition, the general opinion of astronomers on the 
subject is much less negative than they say sometimes, and the least that you could say is thai 
there is no consensus, with many wanting an objective study of the phenomenon without any 
preconceived ideas. The private conversations that I have been able to have with French 
colleagues confirm Siurrock's conclusion: many would refuse to broach the question with a 
journalist, but when I speak with them about a serious scientific study, they state that they are in 


Life in the Universe 

The question of extraterrestrial life left the domain of belief barely a few decades ago and 
entered the domain of scientific research, and the advances in this domain have been very rapid for 
several years. Beyond earth, the solar system proves to be currently unsuited to life, but the 
"Viking" probes have shown that some three-and-a-half billion years ago, the planet Mars must 
have offered much more favorable conditions than at present, namely with the existence of liquid 
water. Thus it is not ruled out that an elementary life fonn (bacteria) could have existed there, as 
was then the case on earth. The study of fossils is, besides, one of the reasons for future Martian 
expeditions, automated first, then with humans aboard. The discovery of fossils in a meteorite 
originally from Mars, as announced by NASA, is still the subject of a debate in the scientific 
communit>'. But the very existence of this debate increases the interest in going to take a look on 

Outside the solar system, astronomers have long thought that, very generally, the stars should 
be surrounded by planetary systems, but it has only been in very recent years that experience has 
confirmed this theory: we now know of a half dozen stars each accompanied by at least one planet. 
Biologists, for their part, are making rapid advances in understanding the chemical mechanisms 
that give rise to life, and this appears more and more to be a necessity rather than a coincidence. 

Twenty years' experience has shown, from Siberia to the ocean depths, that life adapts itself to 
sharp variations in temperature or to extreme temperatures where it was previously considered to 
be impossible. 

For 35 years, radioastronomers have carried out different programs searching for an intelligent 
radio signal coming from space (SETl: Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence). No signals have 
been detected yet. which is not surprising given the immensity of the spatial and frequency domain 
to be explored. A major NASA program, which was canceted by the U.S. Congress, was revived 
using private funds and should improve the sensitivity of the search by several orders of 
magnitude. The French radiotelescope at Nan^ay, where several SETI studies have already taken 
place, will perhaps be included in this program. 


Colonization of Space 

The second half of the 20th century will have been the half century of the exploration of the 
solar system: man on the moon, probes placed on Mars and Venus, others in the immediate 
vicinity of the Other planets (except Pluto), comets, and asteroids. The 21st century might be the 
century of the colonization of our system, with permanent human settlements and preparation for 
voyages to other planetary systems- 

The coming years will see the positioning of the permanent orbital station Alpha, the 


international follow-up to the Russian Mir program. Next, the Americans plan, in principle, lo 
establish a permanent base on the moon, a minimal station like the Antarctic base. Beyond that, it 
would be necessary to recreate an ecosystem where the essential raw material needs (including air. 
water, and food) could be extracted on site or recycled. Actually, we cannot consider applying the 
current method on a large scale, where almost everything must be brought from earth via costly 

Ecosystems of this type were studied by the Russians first (the first experiment was in 1961) 
and by the Americans, namely with Biosphere 2, a greenhouse 1.3 ha In surface area, planned to 
maintain in closed circuit (with an outside power supply) a set of plants and animals, including the 
presence of eight people. This experiment, which was carried out using private funds, was 
unjustly criticized by the press and a portion of the scientific community. In fact, despite certain 
"amateur" sides, it has already contributed a great deal: during an initial two-year experiment from 
1991 to 1993, four men and four women lived almost entirely seif-sufficiently, demonstrating the 
validity of the principle. The recycling of water was total, while the recycling of air was imperfect 
(it was necessary to add oxygen after fifteen months of total isolation), and the production of food 
slightly inadequate (the inhabitants of the biosphere left thinner, having started in on the reserves). 

After another six-month experiment, the structure was taken over by the University of 
Columbia, which seems interested especially in the ecological aspect, to the detriment of the space 
application. However, it is a descendent of Biosphere 2 who could represent the future 
autonomous moon base of the middle of the next century. A human settlement on the moon is first 
of all a scientific necessity, namely for astronomers. It is also a springboard into space. Almost 
all the materials necessary for the construction of stations and spaceships can be found on the 
moon. So many resources [exist there], the exploitation of which wilt be much more economical 
than on earth because the reduced gravity and the absence of atmosphere on our satellite enable an 
easy and sure launch into orbit. 

Human expeditions will necessarily follow automated missions to Mars, if for no other reason 
than to verify the past existence of traces of life. As for the development of permanent Martian 
colonies, this can be envisioned, but one can also imagine skipping this step, by creating artificial 
planets. The idea was conceived by American physicist O'Neill, who studied in detail cylindrical 
structures 30 km in length by 6 km in diameter, in rotation to create an artificial gravity and able 
to shelter millions of people in an earth-type biosphere. 

These artificial planets could be constructed in the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and 
Jupiter, where we find an abundance of materials that are easy to exploit, which will be able to 
provide numerous chemical bodies, including oxygen and water. 

In the very long term, and when the industrial-scale manufacture, storage, and use of antimatter 
is mastered, smaller models of these same craft will be able to leave the solar system. They will 
be able to reach the vicinity of another star, after a voyage of several centuries, during which 
generations will succeed one another in these "ship-worlds" (unless we have mastered human 
hibernation by then). 

These migrations probably will not take place until after reconnaissance [missions] conducted 
by automatic probes [have been completed]. The preferred destinations would obviously be 
systems where a planet supposedly shelters evolved life. 

Imagine that a human expedition settles in the asteroid belt of a system where a civilization 
exists that is quite probably at a lower stage of technical development than ours (if the reverse is 
true, it is likely that the contact was made via telecommunications, or else that the most advanced 
civilizations made the voyage before us): for ethical reasons, but also in the interest of a serious 
scientific study, it would not be a matter of intervening openly, at the risk of inducing a fatal 
culture shock. The study should therefore be discrete, using high-speed and silent craft to move 
through the planet's atmosphere (MHD propulsion offers interesting prospects in this respect), and 
nonlethal weapons to avoid the consequences of an untimely encounter (the paralyzing effect of 

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pulsed microwaves is under study in several countries). 

When the civilization visited has reached the stage of space voyages, il will become necessary 
to make it aware of the existence of visitors. One way to do this, without causing trauma, would 
be to commit "calculated indiscretions" that would accustom the population, little by little, to the 
idea that there could indeed be extraplanetary visits. 

APPENDIX 5 The Roswell Affair — Disinformation 

1) Roswell: indisputable facts 

jVofe the parenthetical annomnon (video} indicates that video testimonies are crvaihbie 

Summer 1947 - The Roswell (New Mexico) base houses the only nuclear-armed bombers in 
the world. The bombers still have propellers. 

June 24 - Sighting of nine UFOs by American Kenneth Arnold. The news is broadcast 
throughout the world. 

July 8 (morning), Roswell - The base provides the local radio stations with informaiion that 
would circle the globe: a flying disk had crashed on a ranch and the military personnel from the 
base recovered the debris (video). 

July « (afternoon), Fort Worth (Texas) - General Ramey, Commander of the 8th Air Force, who 
commands the base, announces to journalists that after examination of the debris, [it was 
determined that] they were from a weather balloon. He shows them some of the debris, which the 
journalists photograph, The affair was buried for over thirty years. 

1978 - Lieutenant Colonel Marcel (ER), an intelligence officer on the base in 1947 who 
recovered the debris, declares on television that the debris is definitely of extraterrestrial origin 
(video). The debris that General Ramey had shown the journalists was not the debris that Marcel 
had brought him from Roswell. 

American ufologists conduct numerous investigations and collect affidavits (sworn and 
notarized written statements) and filmed testimonies. Many witnesses state that in July 1947. 
military personnel had threatened them with death if they talked (video). According to some 
testimonies, at some distance from the field of debris, the Army had found the frame of a sort of 
space glider and cadavers of small humanoids (video). 

1991 -General du Bose [sic] (CR), who was General Ramey's chief of staff in 1947, confirms 
by affidavit that the latter had substituted the debris from a weather balloon, which he had shown 
the journalists, for the debris sent by the Roswell base. 

Beginning of 1994 - U.S. Representative Schiff (New Mexico) asks the Department of Defense 
(DoD) for explanations regarding the affair. Not obtaining any, he requests that the General 
Accounting Office (GAO) conduct an inquiry into the manner in which the Air Force, primarily, 
had handled the documents relating to the Roswelt crash. 

September 1994 - The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force publishes a report on Roswell: 
the debris found on the ranch cannot be from an aircraft or a missile. They are probably debris 
from a series of balloons from the secret Mogul project. To protect the secret, General Ramey 
leads everyone to believe it is a weather- balloon, the materials of which (essentially the shell and 
radar reflector) are the same. The report shortens the affidavits of certain witnesses so that the 
debris that they describe appears to be debris from a Mogul balloon, It does not mention the frame 
and attributes the "bona fide testimonies " regarding humanoids to "foggy weather. " 

July 1995 - The GAO report mentions the new Air Force version, and states; 

- page 1 . "The debate on what actually happened at Roswell continues, " 

- page 2, "Ali of the base's adminisiraiive documents for the March 1945-December 1949 
period were destroyed, and all radio messages sent by the base from October 1946 to February 
1949 were destroyed. The destruction report does not mention when, by whom, and on whose 
orders this destruction was carried out. " 

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"Hie GAO inquiry provided him with practically no documents of interest concerning the 
Roswell incident, despite his requests to numerous organizations (CIA. FBI, DoD, DoE, NSC. 

Summer and fall of 1995- A film of the autopsy of an alleged "humanoid cadaver" \r\ 1947 is 
aired by about thirty television stations around the world. Its authenticity is questionable, but, 
above all, nothing in the film proves that the cadaver has even the slightest connection with the 
Roswell incident. The hodgepodge is, however, made up in large part from written and televised 
press, thus making the Roswell affair look ridiculous. The conclusions of the GAO and the videos 
of the principal witnesses presented by TFl [a French television channel] go unnoticed, lost in the 
middle of the film of the autopsy. 

1996 - The film Independence Day and the [television] series X-Files make numerous 
references to Roswell. 

2) Opinions on Roswell 

- Very consistent interviews, affidavits, and video testimonies describe the discovery of 
materia] that no one knows how to make in our lime: a thin sheet that looks like metal with very 
great resistance and that is so elastic that after it has been crumpled up into a ball, it spontaneously 
returns to its initial shape without the least sign of a residual fold. 

- It does seem that the crash occurred on July 4, Independence Day, at around 2330 hours. The 
date and time symbolize American power, whence the following question [arises]: if the crash was 
in fact that of an extraterrestrial vessel, was it truly an accident or a was it a deliberate crash 
constituting a message and/or the authenticator? 

3) Roswell and disinformation 

The disappearances of files and the Air Force's clumsy attempts at explaining [the incident] 
show thai U.S. military personnel are hiding something important that occurred at Roswell in July 
1947, just as they concealed their experiments on the effects of plutonium. The hypothesis of an 
extraterrestrial vessel that is supported by quality testimonies cannot be dismissed. 

To protect the secret, two main types of disinformation, simplified and enhanced, were used in 
the Roswell affair. It is advisable to note, however, that the dissemination of information and 
contradictory analyses - by ufologists, for example - may be a spill-over effect of this. 

Simplified disinformation is apparent in the Air Force report: testimonies on the debris have 
been cut down so as to give credence to the Mogul balloon hypothesis. It is also found, more 
subtly, in Roswell in Perspective, a book by "ufologist'' Karl Pflock, a former CIA and DoD 
employee: affidavits mentioning the tear-proof and crease-resistant material are given in full in an 
appendix, but they are ignored or cited only in shortened form in the text. 

In France, sociologist Pierre Lagrange appears to be a victim of this simplified disinformation. 
After having endeavored to put the Air Force report and the publications of Karl Pflock into 
perspective, he concluded; 

// will] close with a bit of psychology. Why do many people not believe in the Roswell saucer 
like fhey believe in Mogul balloons or the V2s? Because it reminds them too much of popular 
science fiction. As Bertrand Meheust emphasizes, the topic of the Martian craft that had the 
exquisite courtesy to crash in the vicinity of a military base comes under the heading of the 
technological imagination of the beginning of the century. Just like the detail regarding the 
ultralight and ultraresistant materials that were used in its construction. " (the journal 
Omnipresence, February 1995). 

This is, on the whole, the simplistic theory concerning UFOs stated by French 
"sociopsychologists." It can be refuted as follows: at the beginning of the century, popular science 
fiction described light rays capable of killing or healing. Nonetheless, military or medical lasers 
exist today. 

Enhanced disinformation was manifested when the film on the autopsy of the "Roswell 
creature" was aired. In expanding the Roswell affair with this spectacular, but questionable, 


autopsy, some have succeeded in discrediting it and, especially, in covering up the publication of 
the GAO report and the dissemination of video testimonies. It is tempting to believe in a well- 
orchestrated manipulation. 

4) Simplified disinformation on UFOs 

The Air Force has practiced this from the onset, as has been revealed by the astronomer Hynek. 
who was an Air Force consultant from 1948 to 1966 and who described how he aided in 
trivializing numerous cases by giving them unjustified astronomical interpretations. 

The disinformation policy was intensified as a result of the recommendations of a "scientific ' 
committed assembled by the CIA in December 1952, the Robertson Committee, which suggested 
"stripping the UFO phenomenon of its aura of mystery." The same committee recommended 
"momloring " the ufological movements, which were infiltrated by the CIA mainly. 

Several key figures have tried to nullify numerous important cases. Philip Klass, then editor of 
Aviation Week and Space Technology, took on, among others, three major aeronautical cases: 
Lakenheath in 1956, RB-47 in 1957, Tehran in 1976, which are described in Chapter 2. He is 
hardly convincing. In the Tehran case, for example, he correctly cites the testimonies at the 
beginning of his account, but doesn't take certain aspects into account when he discusses them. 

Simplified disinformation is effective on those who do not want to accept the possibility of the 
extraterrestrial hypothesis. Enhanced disinformation is aimed at others. 

5) Entaaaced disinformation on UFOs 

This policy was probably implemented very early on; Adamski's alleged contacts with a 
Venusian in 1952 no doubt fall into this category. 

It has become considerably extensive since the resurgence of the Roswell affair at the end of 
the 70s. The point of departure is the Bennewicz case. This ufologist physicist recorded pulsed 
microwaves from a testing ground at Kirtland (New Mexico) Air Force base. He attributed them 
to UFOs exerting control over "abductees" (kidnapped humans) furnished with implants! Fearing, 
it seems, the publication of his recordings, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation (AFOSl) 
and. namely, its special agent Doty from the aforementioned air base, as well as, perhaps, other 
agencies, induced him to make fantastic "revelations": there were numerous kidnappings, with the 
placement of implants to control the "abductees." Furthermore, technology transfers were 
supposedly carried out on bases in New Mexico and Nevada jointly owned by the U.S. Army and 
extraterrestrials baptised EBEs, Extrateircstrial Biological Entities. 

Bennewicz disclosed this information to American saucerists, much of which was increasingly 
cut off in this manner from the common opinion. John Lear, son of the aircraft builder, 
contributed on his part details that he had obtained from friends in the Air Force: the Nevada base 
is Groom Lake base, in ''area 51" (Groom Lake does in fact exist; it is so secret that the Air Force 
does not recognize its existence; nevertheless, it is mentioned in the June 1996 issue of Jane's 
Defence Weekly). Later, a Marine officer from the 2nd Marine Division, Bill Cooper, "revealed" 
that the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), which, according to him, governs the world through 
the Bilderberg [Group] and the Trilateral [Commission], supposedly does so in close union with 
the EBEs... 

Enhanced disinformation has probably permitted the protection of research on microwave 
weapons at Kirtland and on new types of aircraft at Groom Lake. It has certainly allowed the 
weapon of the ridiculous to be used against certain gullible ufologists. 

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APPENDIX 6 The Long History of the UFO Phenomenon - Elements of a 

The UFO phenomenon truly experienced worldwide dissemination as of Kenneth Arnolds 
sighting on June 24, 1947, in the area of Mount Rainier in the northwest United States. In realit>. 
air phenomena that are still unexplained today are much older. 

Before going further, it is interesting to note that between May and July of this year, 850 
^^ different sightings were recorded across the United States (Blue Book) and that in January an RAF 
Mosquito night fighter tried in vain to intercept a very rapid object detected by radars over the 
North Sea. 

Id 1946, pfaaDtom missiles overfly Sweden 

From February to December 1946, many witnesses sighted generally fusiform objects 
(occasionally resembling spheres or disks) flying horizontally in Swedish skies, in some cases 
leaving a luminous trail, but also capable of very suddenly ascending or descending, 

Called ''ghost rockets," these apparitions {close to a thousand were detected) considerably 
worried Scandinavian, British, and U.S. military authorities, who conducted investigations. 

Although no debris was ever found (officially), it was long thought that it could have been a 
case of Soviet tests conducted with craft recovered in German factories. This hypothesis has since 
been completely ruled out. 

During World War II, the "foo fighters" 

From 1940 to 1945, numerous aviators sighted either swarms of red or green luminous balls 
several dozen centimeters in diameter or groups of small meul-looking disks that followed the 
aircraft or flew around them, giving the impression of intelligent behavior. Most often not 
detected by the radars of the time, they did not seem "material" in nature. In fact, some observers 
saw them touch the wings or the tail assemblies of the aircraft without causing any visible damage 
to them. 

First called "Kraut fireballs," then "foo fighters" (probably in reference to a comic strip), they 
were reported in all theaters of operation as of the start of the war. They began to appear in 
number during the first major day bombings over Germany. They were also observed from the 
ground and were the subject of numerous reports as of June 1944. 

These sightings were the cause of much concern to the Allied authorities, who believed them to 
be a secret German process in the beginning. It became clearly apparent at the end of the war that 
it was nothing of the sort. 

\\ seems that, for their part, the German pilots had been persuaded that it was a case of a secret 
U.S. weapon. A board of inquiry reportedly was even created in Berlin to study the matter. 

The current explanation of electrical phenomena such as the Saint Elmo's fires is not 
convincing because it does not take into account the diverse characteristics observed. The files 
relating to the "foo fighters" seem to have been subject to military secrecy at least until 1 949. 

Many other sightings concerning larger, cigar-shaped, disk-shaped, or sphere-shaped objects 
were recorded in both camps. 

From 1880 to 1900, "airships'* over the United States and Great Britain 

During these years, tens of thousands of witnesses sighted flying machines resembling modem 
dirigibles, which were not produced by factories until twenty years later. In most cases, it was a 
matter of fairly voluminous, fusiform, vessels equipped with powerful searchlights, often emitting 
engine sounds, and, in some cases, even seeming to have propellers. 

In the United States, the majority of the sightings occurred between 1896 and 1897. Other 


cases were reponed, particularly in Spain, Germany, Sweden, and Russia. A second wave [of 
sightings] occurred at the turn of the century in Great Britain. 

The explanation that comes immediately to mind is that of true dirigibles (and right away we 
think of the craft of German origin). However, it has a hard time holding up to a thorough 

In actuality, in 1880, the technology of these craft was still in its infancy. It is true that Colonel 
Giffard did conduct an initial test in 1852 with an elongated balloon equipped with a very low- 
power steam engine. Then in 1885, Renard traveled several kilometers for the first time, 
overflying Paris with a dirigible equipped with an internal combustion engine, but it was still 
extremely slow and not very easy to fly. 

In fact, the first truly efficient aircraft were subsequent to 1910; however, even the zeppelins 
buih during World War I far from possessed the characteristics observed by the witnesses to these 

From Greco-Latin antiquity to the beginning of the industrial age 

Human beings in all ages have sighted phenomena in the sky that they considered. rightEy or 
wrongly, to be abnormal. It is true that our epoch naturally has a tendency to doubt the accuracy 
of ancient testimonies, and especially so the further back into the past we go. 

During the first three quarters of the 19th century, chroniclers related several dozen sightings of 
spheres and luminous wheels resembling present-day UFOs. The I8th century was marked by one 
strange case. Goethe recounts, in fact, that in his youth, in 1 768, during a trip between Frankfort 
and Leipzig, he and two other witnesses saw a type of large luminous tube positioned on the 
ground, surrounded by a multitude of small, very bright, moving flames. 

In the 16th and 17th centuries, authors mentioned numerous sightings, not only in Europe but 
also in America and Japan. Among these, a few hold our attention due to their spectacular 
appearance and the multitude of witnesses. In the skies of Nuremberg, in April 1561, a large 
number of brightly colored spheres, disks, and "cigars" seemed to wage a sort of battle that left a 
profound mark on the population and caused the authorities great concern. A spectacle of the 
same kind took place in August 1566 in Basel. 

From the year one thousand to the year 1500, chroniclers mentioned various sightings of 
luminous spheres, wheels, lances, or bars moving more-or-less rapidly in the sky. The monastery 
at Detchani, built in Yugoslavia between 1327 and 1335, is decorated with frescoes that represent 
angels enclosed in sorts of vessels flying in the sky. 

Even further back in time, during the reign of Charlemagne, it is reported that Agobard, Bishop 
of Lyons, succeeded in saving from the stake three men and one woman who had descended from 
an airship, claiming to be returning to earth after having been kidnapped by celestial beings who 
allegedly showed them wonders. 

Elsewhere, luminous celestial phenomena similar to modem UFOs seem to have been relatively 
frequent in China and Japan, particularly in the Middle Ages. 

Several other Latins, Dion Cassius. Pliny the Elder, Titus Livy, Julius Obsequens, and even 
Cicero relate the appearance of lights in the sky, glowing shields, muhiple moons and suns, [and] 
golden flying spheres. 

As for the testimonies reported by the Greek chroniclers, these are fewer in number 
Daimachos recounts that a globe of fire crossed the sky several times during the 78th Olympiad. 
Anaxagoras asserts that he saw celestial lights the size of a large beam. Appearances of beams 
and shields of fire are described several times, by Homer among others, 

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Appendix 7 


Reflections on Various Psychological, Sociological, and Political 
Aspects of the UFO Phenomenon 

Aoie: these reftecitons apply prmariiy to the United States: many of them, however, can be transposed to other 


A large number of Americans are convinced of the physical reality of UFOs, of iheir 
extraterrestrial origin, and of the fact that the U.S. government is systematically covering up the 
truth with lies and disinformation. 

Most of the recent American works that have been published on the subject end with this 
conclusion, and almost all of them close with a demand for a partial or full lifting of the alleged 
secrecy. The media frenzy surrounding the Roswell affair (cf. Appendix 5), which experienced a 
resurgence at the end of the 70s after a more than thirty-year blackout, and which has not ceased to 
go from new development to new development for 15 years, is a typical illustration of this line of 
thought. By admitting that the extraterrestrial hypothesis is the good one, the secret, say some, 
would be kept out of fear of panic reactions; which, they assure, would not fail to occur, as 
demonstrated by the unfortunate experience of the radio program "The War of the Worlds " 
broadcast by Orson Welles in the United States in 1938 (only nine years prior to Roswell). This 
explanation should not necessarily be rejected; however, it does seem a bit narrow. In fact, the 
roots of the matter probably go deeper, and the sociopsyc ho logical motivations seem to be more 

T 1 The UFO Paradox 

While a majority of Americans seem to support the idea of the existence of intelligent 
extraterrestrial [beings], a very strong resistance remains in scientific circles, among leaders, and 
in most of the media to the idea that these entities, whatever they may be, have been able to or 
continue to visit our planet and travel our solar system. 

The idea is ridiculed by much of the media. At the same time, in this spirit, most politicians 
and the vast majority of members of the intelligentsia state that humanity has better things to do 
than to chase such rainbows. 

Why this Resistance? 

72 1 On the Part of Scientists 

Given an official attitude of contempt, and in view of the fear of being likened to the activists 
from "saucerist" sects and the "lunatic fringe," the vast majority of scientists, although Ihey are 
interested, quite obviously hesitate to tackle such a heretical problem and naturally do not wish to 
call their reputation, career, and the funding of their research into question (cf. Appendix 2, 
"Astronomers' Sightings"). This being the case, there appear, upon analysis, to be other, deeper 

A general school of thought has existed for close to two centuries that tends to dismiss the idea 
that terrestrial phenomena could be influenced from the outside. 

At the start, this was a positive, rational, and creative reaction to ancient beliefs. Compared 
with ancient times, modem science has, in fact, advanced by eliminating the gods. It would seem 
counterproductive and incongruous to bring them back in other forms. 

The idea prevails in almost all minds that man is master of the earth and, by extension, of the 
immediate cosmic vicinity, that it is the best nature can produce in this small comer of the galaxy, 


and That he alone remains the controller of his destiny. Various American philosophers have 
termed this concept "anthropocentric humanism. " 

To admit that intelligent [beings], which are not only outside [our planet] but are also superior 
due to their scientific and technological knowledge, could have interfered or might continue to 
interfere in our affairs, in our domain, or in proximity to it, is considered by many to be 
frightening and unacceptable, because admitting it would cause the coUapse of the framework of 
comfortable thoughts of anthropocentric humanism. 

Moreover, in some disciplines such as physics, the risk run is to fmd oneself confronted with a 
science that is more advanced by several centuries, milleniums, or even more. 

Our own concepts coufd literally appear infantile, which would completely demobilize the 
researchers who employ them. 

It is clear that under the hypothesis that the existence of UFOs of extraterrestrial origin is 
proven, there is a risk that not only the position of the intellectual authorities but, quite simply, the 
social position of the scientific elite would be considerably compromised. This is, furthemiore, 
what happened each time that groups or nations found themseives in contact with a more 
developed human civilization, with the notable exception of Japan in the Meiji period, which it 
would be advisable to look into. 

We know thai advancing knowledge of the UFO phenomenon, at the risk of succeeding, would 
not necessarily be a thrilling prospect for a number of scientists, who thus might not really want to 
lend a hand in this effort. 

722 On the Part of Politicians 

72.2 1 With a few rare exceptions (President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barry M. Goldwater), the 

majority of politicians have almost always displayed a veiy skeptical and most often ironic 
anitude regarding the question. However, some have had a more positive attitude. 

The best known allusions to the possible existence of extraterrestrials and to the dangers that 
they might represent come from General MacArthurand President Ronald Reagan, 

While he had already touched on the problem in 1955, in a conversation with the mayor of 
Naples, Achille Lauro, General MacArthur said in an address at West Point Military Academy in 

"You now face a new world, a world of change. The thrust into outer space... marks a 
begmning of another epoch in the long story of mankind... We deal now, not with things of this 
world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe... of 
ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister force of some other planetary 
galaxy. " 

[French translation of the quote from General MacArthur's address] 

Genera] Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, for his part, revealed during a private discussion at the 
1985 summit conference that President Reagan had told him that if earth had to confront an 
invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel that 

In addition, at the end of a speech before the 42nd General Assembly of the United Nations on 
September 2], 1987, President Reagan affirmed: 

"In our obsession with the antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the 
members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this 
common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we 
were facing an alien threat from outside this world. " 

[French translation of the quote from President Reagan's speech] 


[continuation of French translation of quote] 

72.2.2 However, for political leaders, just as for scientists, to be officially interested in UFOs and 

extraterrestrials is firstly to risk ridicule before commentators and the media, who regularly use 
omission, destructive irony, and even lies, 

7 22 3 Bui other elements should be taken into consideration. Although a significant number of U.S. 

citizens seem to accept the existence of UFOs of extraterrestrial origin, some political leaders 
might hesitate to call for resources to research this subject, because they might fear they would 
then be accused of incurring expenses for one of the most dangerous of subjects. 

7 2.2.3! Under these circumstances, if we advance the hypothesis that political leaders at the highest 

level in the United Stales possess specific information attesting to that existence, their situation 
would be particularly uncomfortable. The armed forces have officially reiterated for fifty years 
that this phenomenon does not threaten the security of the country, which does not mean that the 
phenomenon does not exist. 

However, there have been disturbing sightings such as visits above secret installations and 
missile bases, intense electromagnetic effects, military aircraft shadowed {as in the RB-47 case) or 
the object of mock interceptions. In reality, faced with the impossibility of countering this type of 
threat, the authorities have thus far been tempted to afTirm that it does not exist. 

In the absence of a direct threat, and although there never truly was any attack in the past, the 
potential threat itself can appear overwhelming in the eyes of the authorities (and especially the 

^They" come from the stars, "their" craft watch us and seem to taunt us, 'they" have perhaps 
been on earth for thousands of years, and we don't know 'their" intentions. 'Their" science and 
"their" technology, thus "their" power, are incomparably superior to ours. 

Without being completely disarmed, and even taking into account the enormous resources that 
we have on the earth and our obvious ability to learn quickly, we can only feel anxious in the face 
of 'their" presence. 

Bringing this out into the open by calling for the manpower and funds to conduct the necessary 
research is hard to visualize officially for the only superpower in the world. 

722 3.2 This is all the more true since, under the additional hypothesis that the U.S. armed forces 

actually already possess formal proof of this threat, for example, in the form of extraterrestrial 
ships that have crashed on the ground, intensive research on foreign technologies should have 
already commenced a long time ago under the cover of the highest level of secrecy. 

As will be seen in 7.3.3, it would then be completely out of the question to divulge this type of 

In fact, revealing a situation as novel as it is upsetting too quickly would perhaps be running the 
risk of social upheavals, accompanied by panic, a demobilization of energies, a multiplication of 
mitlenialist sects, and a massive move of people to take refuge in religious fundamentalisms. 

The loss of trust in the leaders in power could even lead rapidly to their ousting. 

Given such a problem, their normal reactions would obviously be to gain as much time as 
possible by continuing their denials, all the while continuing work in secret and fervently hoping 
that their successors will take on the responsibility when the reality becomes manifest. 


7 3 U.S. Leaders and the Politics of Secrecy 

73 1 The U.S. Army and UFOs 

The U.S. Army has been directly confronted with the phenomenon since World War II It 
seems to have been the only array to have officially broached the problem with considerable 

7 3.2 The Spill-Over Effect of the Study of UFOs 

The US Army has, in actual fact, designed aircraft that exhibit the characteristics described by 
the most reliable witnesses. The spill-overs are potentially considerable in the areas of propulsion. 
materials and structures, stealth technology, and weapons. 

7 3 3 Finally, Why the Secrecy? 

We are currently not aware of the extent of the knowledge that U.S. military personnel have 
gleaned from all of the studies that they have conducted on this subject either based on sightings 
or, as has sometimes been written, based on materials that have allegedly been recovered. 

Whatever the case, it is clear that the Pentagon has had, and probably still has. the greatest 
mterest in concealing, as best as it can, all of this research, which may, over time, cause the United 
States to hold a position of great supremacy over terrestrial adversaries, while giving it a 
considerable response capacity against a possible threat coming from space. 

Within this context, it is impossible for them to divulge the sources of this research and the 
goals pursued, because that could immediately point any possible rivals down the most beneficial 
avenues. Cover-ups and disinformation (both active as well as passive) still remain, under this 
hypothesis, an absolute necessity. 

Thus it would appear natural that in the minds of U.S. military leaders, secrecy must be 
maintained as long as possible. 

Only increasing pressure from public opinion, possibly supported by the results of independent 
researchers, by more or less calculated disclosures, or by a sudden rise in UFO manifestations, 
might perhaps induce U.S. leaders and persons of authority to change their stance. 

It does not seem that we have arrived at that point yet. 






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("UFO encounter I - Sample caic sdc«ed by the UFO iuh- 
c«mm,«« of rhe A| AA t Air Fcrcc observation, of.n UnidentiHed 
Object .n ,hc Souch-Central U.S, J;ily 17. Am") -v4.m.«^«;„ W 
Aervnauttu.fuWlci 1971. 

• Philip J, Klaw 

["The famou* RB-47 case") - OFO, «,AhW_ « ^,> 

- Brad Sjwkj '^ 

tonfidcniulcopyrighicdnwicrial, 1997. 

• Philip J. Klau 

Books, New York, 1977. 

- Uwrente Faw«n et Bany J. Greenwood 

HaJllnc. NJ., 1984 -p. SI sq, 

rrrad.a,on ar,t;ki« f>.r Ic U.S. Fo«,^r, flt«d«« Information Serv,« 
(,. ,>.r D«n IWrli^er. M.rie G.ihr.i,h et Amonia I l..„o«„ 

vtc. dtoinbrc 1995). 

' '^""'P« '"J" pl"» d^t-ill-i d( larttcle Jc Aii«V^^ r«Vvv«w 
pa, Bon. ChouriQOvdam 0.«,V„ ;?«xr<>-CtiyTfedanicI. 199$ 
p. ^JU Sq, 

Un CM dc tdmoinj multipJci A»n% unc bw de miv%il« ruiw: 
- Oo^^crtn-nidu KGBpubli^Jcn 1991 -rcvi,e/t„nf^ n* I , Mmcot, 
man 1 993. 
(Citt dat.. Ur,idfiuifi^fiji„^ Objfcti Bnf/ing Chcumm - **. at 

«, dc fa^n piuicomplttt, dans Owiiim flhifi>-ff;,. rt,. _ p. 319 «,.). 


Cepan. noici d'infonnatiDn et noui lediniquei ! 

• Noiu d' in formation : 

N* 1 , "Obscivationi dc ph^^noniinei atmosph^riqucs 

anormaux cif URSS - Analy« statiiiitiuci" 

N* 1, "Lcs (tudci de phinomincj aifrospaiiaiu 

non idcncifltfi aux USA'. 1- panic 

N" 3, 'Us itiules dc ph<inomines airaipaiiam 

nan idcnufids aux USA", 2' panic 

N* 4, "L« ^ludci dc phifnominci a^ro-spatiaur 

non identic^ ai« USA". 3' p.irtie 

' Not« lechniquei ; 

N" 1 . "Analyse du pioblimc de pftoaitemcnc dq donnAs" 

N' 2, "Etude connpintive det rfsuicau «itUtiqu« iiimcnairei 

rdaiif. auK observaiiM« de ph^notnincs a^roipaciaux nort 

N' .3. -M^fEhosloloRic d'..n pmhlimc : principc c. .np|,|,.i 

(lUtfiJiodulLn-jc. liocdic. inrurmaiioh]" 

N- 4, "Rccherdw juti«iqiie dune typologic da description* de 

pli<!nnmin«ndit)spaiiain( rinn idcntifk^' 

N" 5. ujriipte rendu de renqu^ic du Gcpan 79/03 

N" 6, cnqucte Gepan 79/07 : "A pt«p« dune disparition" 

N' 7, em|u£,c Ccpaii 79/OS : "A propoi dune rcnmntre' 

N" 8, cnquHt Gcpan 79/06 

N- 9, "U magniiohydtodynamique, I'diat dc Tan et la premiirr 

ntpcfrjcncc probaioirc' 

N' 10, -Lei phinotntnts aiJrDjpatiaux non idcntifidf cl la 

psychologie dc la pctception" 

N" 1 1 . cnqucte Gcpan & 1/02 

N' 12, cnqucCM Gcpan 81/07 «ei/D9 

N* 13. "Recherche ttatiiiique d'une typologic identifi^c. non 


N* 14. mini-enqueicsen 19B1 cr 1982 

N' 1 5, 'Rircherche de siirdocype ; dcjiine-moi un ovnf" 

N* 16, "Analyse d'une trace (cis dcTrani-en-Provencc)" 

N*I7. "LAmafinie' 

N* I a, 'Systimc d'acquisiiion « d'an-ilyw i le point tm futili- 

iiiion dcs ri^ieaux de dilTraaion'. 

' Jwi-Claudc Dountl « Jimn.Jacquei V^I«eo 

Owj«. Li tiifnct nMucr • Rolwn Ijllort. 1993, 

' Dominique Weinstcin 

R^u,.r„r„ dnmlf ri€i- rappntt pour Ic MUFON ( UFO 

Ntiwiirk], t'J'JCi, 

- Rapport Condun - ap. ri(. 

Apf«ndi« H ; •'l.rnrrjh,mgr,>».iirwininj^n Ctmma^uiint GrwmA 
AnnyAirFoTTCi', 23 jcpi 1947, 



PropLiLion MHD 

■ Jeut-pLcric IVlit 

If murdu tiUait- Bclin, 1983, 

< "RechcrdiH pour uu aviu,. du fuLur" - r.,h.mjuf, a>;am»i (pla- 

* Jciui-CUuiU lUba CI Cuy Muuucl 

Li wc«nyfcr7f;nr- Urouwc (coll. Esiaiticls), ivyo (cpuiii]. 

■ J.-C Bqunci c( J.-J, VcUwo 

;(^roucfa} - Owi«. U Mcmr utMur- ua. or -a 171 mj 
•MiluriU* ^' 

"Ridcj on dl'c iiiuck wave" - Nfu Scienmt. J 7 fcvjicr 1 99(1. 

Pfoptdiion pit aji.u^a.v'ui 

- * 
ft * 

■Iimu„ii Kii'.... Il.uu.. ^.i" .j^„y, it,J„„, Wcrktf. lU i«i4i 

L'rupuitiuii diiivi VK»ynuji 

• tui)r,;„c MJluwc CI CR^wry JVtulttlT 

■ lb>lH:f [ L Furw4nl li Jod D4rii 

M- wr Maiut- Jo|m Wilty flc wju, | yuH, 

• W. U. Stun (Udwjtda Ail luiLc \Um) 

"UiAi^ Predict. Andm-iKi J-rop:llinu widd be in uic by early 

Pujuiti (ic vuiiiu« 

* Jiunck Mc CuupbdJ 
"S<rlf«afdngcin.inci"-MUFON prooxdiiig.. 1983, 

0\/t«L- munw d-JU Owii, ii «ir,«f4««,«f-«^. iU - p. till j^.). 

• J.-C Beiufct cc J..J. Vdascu 

Ofiij;, if Jl j>Mi c .iMiiit - ujj. tit. -p. 1 B5 >vi. 

CJf.if Jiunit - tto. lit. 

' Don U«Uiit-., M^ie GJbr-iJi,-Aiiuim« UL.mcii. 

Uu.J.m,j;,J Hjuig Qi,j,,t, Uri^jl.,^ L^inmaH - ,mtJi^,ion priyc*:, 
utcciiibfe iyy5. "^ 

'CoLPidlipJ. C«f«>(KiJ 

• Hcjdijiuncr* Uniud Suic* Air For« 
TfK litttuxU rejtun, num-ivttJ- I'Jtf?. 

* Nick Pop< 

0/cN iit,>j, CUeJMuitL - PqcUcc Book*. 19*J7. 

* Tunodiy CfKk4 

Aiv^ iv^ ucnt- Haiper CuUJiu, LqrwJr«, 1^93. 
(I'wW.i.^ ii.Lii J^,„^^n tl,^,^ Sidt;«.ick CI j4Liuwii Lid. 1 'Ja7}. 

* Vp Miguuliuc 

"U* plWiiarn^iiu j^ru.paiL^rt nun idciiiinca i I'ciudc en UJUS" - 
Li JircJjffcJjf, juillcr i 57y. 


tl)I-i&"ii.Uwd"£*ichicl,14-J4« IS-ia. 

(2) Abed Aim. r<&«^dt G/^d/^W, _ Ed. Bci InwfMUorul (ParU) , 

iu Jb4« UaiiiS™, iiii,jfU,c a L Mk - iid. U» bdl« Lcliicj (I'aiii) 

(3) irf Aiijlr. livf c dc £a C eaix, VI 1 -4 : 

■i..f^y« /h ^«irtj« c„,r/w Ciimtntmi i it muUipiiet lur Li/ucr tU Ui 
icm. rt que UtijliUs Uurfiifciu .^„ (..,), U.fih tU Dicu virem ^«^ 
Ui jmti da i^«ma iUiunt i,eikt. n iii mprimtipuurfrmmnp^rtm 
w-irt uiitt ,iu% ,i«,mm*i. (...) AL,n iEtmuUit . . Mu» Bprh „t 
rtiUra fitu toujoHTt dint Vhomuu, car lUmmt nut ^m chair, ti w 
>«« itfontiU ctm vi„gt am. . (...) UstimiU italtm ,ur L „rrr tn 
m l««/.i-il. lUHfutU, mimt^prk, ^HtUifiU dtlJuufurrui ^»ui 
^^TitiJiUu rf« /«,,««„ „ ,f^f{in brurtuifut itmni Ur. cjltiiu ; ,r 
wm in Mrut tjui /n^tnt JUtrHrux tLuu I'^nn^Mi. " 
{CA\ itj4l«,iviii ; iivrc tin U Gciit**;. XIV 5. Ni>M(bfL». XlJl i2ii 
Ihiuiituimmt. \\ lU-ll). 

MJ Li aiU: iieriuiuiwrtfitaf^irntuim- CJliniiu-d, la Pl^iijdc tl'arJ*). 

l^o7 : 

Livrt'dn kcuv» d'PUjiucJi : 

VI 1-2 : 'ii'imimtfuekn^ueUihuNMmirfiirfHtMuUipU^i, tUur 

yiiitf ihjHUijmUifi Ujuiiti. Ui U»sa. Jik dn iid. iri rn'taUmiJ rt 

la aairirtiu. 

Ik u dirmt tun 4 fjum : . Miani aow chouir dti ftrmm fitrtni ia 
huuuttm ft atgf,idwtti-mui tia enfmti. (.Jm " 
VIG: '^iii^MuuitauiMtUmititu. (...)' 

Vil ^■^•'(-)iisin,remtifftimuladnt£m.iachamtf,kb9uaique 
rt iL kur lumrrireM h Ut^L Lafrmmei coti^rtnt ft tiitauirirtm 

dn ^eatiit (,..)' 

VIII 1-3 : "AzaiiapfTitauximn^ufilfubruiuerdti ipia, daannei. 
dff U^lun, da iniiUMi. iiniui niui^imfiar Ui Un^i. H kur wwi^u 

iamumiw. Ufurddc:paupum, "*uuiitrUidfpUrmprkUu»tictUi 
tf.^,nirn. li^n MiJw ^nrp^,idc impiiU Ui Ummu «■ dtbau^lmiHS. 
idpirirtns uie ptfdifraf dunt tvuitt iet vuits. ' 

X IU: '(■-)irunpimHui>iir,JfuatntHdcitiiu-UtbmfUtMatui/pi,ur 

f«t-wwi 4ip„ur rax. uL» tjm'llt «^/m«„,^«, r«.w^„ ^,„ ^„ 

iitrntUe ttpvnr fUiun dr Uunjtii si,ui »»u unMti dt ^it. ' 

(CL cjiiJaiieiir Iq livK dirt JubJci : V 1 -5 : minx licii). 

(5> G. P-«il,«r, Ui U^ra uufh dc {Oht^i (,i,i, u- CJIm^-KiMt »u 

k Uvfc Wb, P.f.. lU, Cli. \.l) - U. Au ba.«.. du,.i 

l-JUvfrtifL (1'jihJ, 1B52, 

t6J Ar.M*iU *lby iibce, /** di>iIlMtitHt i icpicuyf, CJIij [Lud (l^uu) J M 5 1 
- p. H^. 

t7J cf, i« liiui»i«li, Diciu. fU» CE fdick do Diciw. Hiiw. rmm c[ 
Gcunii dicz Hiiiodc. Honieic, Virgac. Plinc, Htrodow, Plutu^iic. 
cic. .fj-idemcni In rcprcKiiu(ioiu divinn c( coloiidcs Je Mcmnon. 
dc KjniJ4. J'Htfiiwiuldi,J'AUm.Simbcl w Ic Splwu dc Clikcti 
1« colore dc l-ac dc P^u«, 1h gcanb dc Boniy^n en AJ-ghanii[in' 
ceux dc Niqt« CI dc Kliamb^ ; lo Hrimdiunois dcs Ediu san- 
dinav«. It g^am SLfymer cambiKu pu Th«w. HC. 

(8) »^«f UwftBCe, i* suite du Ctir^tt - Fjyaid (Pifii), 1 974, [U prr- 

«»« dib4l4uUI.C.H dc iH«tlt*ldiw» d UU 4VWII-UI|1U fu>ipi fullir' 

inent IVipfii dci l^pou*, iiu paini qu'il. iiuuiirirtiii le 'cuijc du 
cwr^jc-. dupsiu-iBur dc ritl««„. blcii qu'iU w wkiU, poj- U »uae. 
accQuiiuiiCi Aiu produiu occidentoux ct aux vol* da avioiuj. 

(9) Ajnsld Tornbcc - nip. w - p. flH : Al-Oahrjii. 


{lO)G.huiJiia--<^.nL "Ntjnuvj-DlunrLi'SauniuuUEsJcMiUiDU. 

comprcnani In inwimtions rcIiniciLscs n civile dcs Indicit^', p, 331 

ri >. I 'l.rrntnj,irM,iitfiu <-l/<f»ii'^ (...h/r,nL\ /ir Al^ii/i fiJr Atnx't. 

iippariieitt A rliflctm Htt ifpt pfnatmii^n Aivins qui, tu'tumi Ut id^ dft 

hniiens, om luetaiivrinfnt gffnvntf U nioniir. ' 

(11) "Mail qui a Jcc<Hivtrt rAnuretiqiie?" -Z^/Jnr/icn-Ar, n* |G1, 

difctmbre I9fl4. 

[cf. iiusi Charles Hapgood - 1^ eanei tia ancient nii da mm - Ed. 

du Rocher (Monaco), 19^1 - p. 85 et t. 

{\1) La B'ibU : Eeria mimfstamerttaim - Qp. dt. 

Livrc dcs jccku d"Hdnt>ch : 

X 2 : 'Otdannr-iai en Mon nom de se cachtr tt annortcr-iiti que la fin 

fitjtmche J lautr la jcm uti pfrir. itn Ailufe m amuenur lOMt k Urrr 

et tUmtirt uut ee qu'elifpone.' 

X7 ; '^ urre que Iff angfs om iMilUe sera astainie. yinnoiKt ia gu^ 

man de ia tern ; on guMm sa plau, et tout Ui humaiw nt ptrimat pat 

d Mwr de taut le myitirt meurrritr que iti VrilUun ont eiueipiM Inn 


XII 6; '(.-) dtpietamnttapmedtleunfili. its suppUmnt HemeiU- 

ment, matt it n'y aura pitur tux ni pitii ni paix.' 

Livrc dcs Jubtl6 : 

V6-U : 'La pttniaeniifumgti tt da g^nts (,..)' 

y\\ 20-2^ -.'(.■JlartqrftJesVrdfftmjVfffnhrnfdrtardoMmncffjui Iti 

rfgiiffih pat,rjimU(juer atvc leifiHei dn Imtmiti, seprmat deifemmrt 

parmi town ceUet qu'iit athtiftsf cfwmts. prmoquirent U d^but dt I 'im- 

pum/. engrndrfmtt dnJUi. Us Nephiiim qm Aitirm WW dij^rrftis ttie 

di'Mnrienr iej unt la tt»trn (...) " 

{ 1 3) Graham Cmne - Un AmMcain him traaquiUe - Ed. Robwr 

LafTom (Parij) \<)%. 


• BndStdgcr 

"Un rippori Ju [trojcr Cruder : cncrriient du Pr Hyntk avec dcs 

mirnnama' -OfHu.irproJetlJlHeUiwii-Bclfand. I979.p l7S,«i 
-AllcnJ. Hynek 

Nautieau mpport tur iti ovnh ~ on. dt. n, 27 sq, 


"Rcpon on a Suoxyof the Membciship of the American Astronornkal 
Sociecy Concerning rhc UFO probkm" - Rapport n" 631 - Insticucc. 
For Phsma Rcscarcli, Standfon) University. CA, Janvier 1977, 

Annexe 3 

'S.-C Ribcs et G. Monnet 

La vie extraitrrrsm— op. (it. 

Annexe 4 

• O'NeiU 

Let iiiiief de i'np^e - Uffont. 1978. 

< Andr^ Lebeau 

L'fipuce rn - Odile J.-icnlj. I9fl6. 

• Paine cl al. (NationaJ CommJsion on Space) 
Pionrrring the Space Frontier ^ Dancam Books. 1986. 

• J'-C Ribci Cl G. Monnet 
ia vit extraterrtsiTT — gp, cit. 

• Thierry Caudin cr li, 

2J00. rA-iidupmc/iaintfhle- Payot, 1990, 

• Jcan-Claudc Baurrct ct J«ui-J«qua Vduco 
Ovnij, la iciewe aifaiice - op. cit, 



• William Moon 

TlifRintvri! incident -Q.^.?ma\sm^wcm,\)%K. 1980. 
(En franijais : Le m)nifrr de Rejweii - Franct Empire, 1981). 

• Kevin D, Handle 

1 ) UFO cmh at Raiweli - Avon Bfwb. USA. 1 99 1 (en coll jvec 
Donald EL Schmin). 

2) Vie Truth ahtut tfte UFO rmih at Raiwtlt - Evans, USA. 1994, 
3} Rmweii UFQerash w/wiwf- Global Comm., USA 1995 

Rwwellinprnpeeritr- Fund for UFO Rcscardi Inc. WasSirnion DC 

(Pni objectif, mail intt^rccuni par les afTidavira en annncc). 

• Richud U W^vei, Col. de I'USAF 

Rrport on Air force Research rfgarding the 'Roswrl! Incident' - 

• United Soco General Accounnng Office. 

, "Report to the Honorable Sicven H. Schiff. House of Represcnndves, 
Government Records : * Rcwilts of a Sard for Reconii Concerning 
thf 1947 Crash Neat Roswelt, New Mexico »." - juillet 1995. 

• Chaine de r^l^ision anglaise Channel Four 
UnnrgiMrenicfits vidio dc ttJmoignagcsiur kcn-di de RatwelL la plu- 
pan prorenani du Fund for UFO Raearch CRoswell Recolleaioni. 
part ir, 1992) 

Ddsinfbrmadon r^ductrice 

■ Karl mock 

FfiweU in l^npeetiae — op. dt. 

• Kdppori Condon 

Appcndia U : Kirporc of EnGciin|;j. urScicniifJc Adviwry E'and on 

Untdcniified Flying Objects (Robertson Panel) - 14- 1 g January 1953 

-op. wf. -p.i>05«3. 

■AllenJ. Hynek 

/j^ ahjett imtftna nan identrfify - Rclfond, 1 974. 

[Tnduit de The UFO Experiener, a sriemijir enquiry - \ 972). 

D^sinbrmauon unpHfiantc 

• Milton William Coop«f 

The Secret GovtmmcmiThc Origin. Idcn city, and Purpose ofM.J, 12 
-FuJIenon, CA- The Author, 23 mai 1989, 25 p. 

■ Jerome Clark 

("UFO in the SOs") - The UFO encyclopedia - Omnigrapbics Inc. 
Detroit, 1990. 


• Don Berliner, Muie CalbraitJi, Anionio Huriceiu 

Unidtmified Flying Oijecti briefing document - The bett available 
fuideice - CUFOS, FUFOR, MUFON, 1995. 

■ MicKcl Boupird et alter 
£V[n>MrrrN/>rtivjCfirrn#Burwn/f'-Hdiiinni50I^EPS, 197G. 


Les OVNI et la Defense : les hommes du rapport 

UFO, Unidentified Flying Object.. 

Since 1947, the subject has disturbed, fascinated, called out. 

Oh how debated, the question has been studied with extreme meticulousness and 
from many points of view (scientific, technical, aeronautical, strategic, political, 
religious, media) by a French committee composed of former auditors of the very 
serious-minded Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale [French Institute 
for Advanced National Defense Studies] and qualified experts from every 
background, COMETA [Committee for In-Depth Studies]. 

For the first time, men, some of whom occupy very high positions, have agreed to 
write a report devoted entirely to the UFO problem in the belief that based on the 
knowledge that has been acquired to date, sufficient questions of national interest 
are raised for the Chief of State and the Prime Minister to be provided with this 

In this report, COMETA studies several unexplained French and foreign UFO 

Very well documented, these sightings are often supported by traces on the 
ground or tracks confirmed by radar. Are these secret terrestrial craft? In some 
cases, perhaps. Are we in the presence of craft of nonterrestrial origin? This 
hypothesis cannot be ruled out. If it were to prove correct, it would be loaded with 
consequences for Defense.