If anyone makes instant sense out of that title – congratulations!
What it means is that I haven’t been posting much because I’m deeply involved with two projects, both pretty taxing. First, I’m engaged in research and writing on the initial chapters of a new book dealing with the Eisenhower 1960/61 Cuban regime change project – a project that was initially authorized to do no more than put a limited number of highly trained Cuban volunteers on that island to organize and lead guerilla movements against the Castro regime.
A project which Eisenhower never officially reauthorized beyond that scope but which ended with an attempt to land a full brigade of some 1,500 infantry troops on several beaches around the Bay of Pigs. A covert action which was initially directed to be totally deniable, but which ended up involving a unit of main line American tanks, a heavy weapons group, and a series of paratroop drops.
In more recent decades the Cuba Project is historically discussed almost solely in terms of the Bay of Pigs, with the blame for the failure being cast almost universally on decisions by President Kennedy. The real history is far deeper than that and it needs to be told in an understandable fashion.
At the moment it is buried within the reports from several official inquiries, a highly flawed CIA historian’s report and a large number of key operational documents which reveal a great deal of the real story. Extracting the actual history of the project from the story line that came out of the original investigations and became established history – and from the outright obfuscation and lies of the project’s CIA chief – is more than a little challenging, not something that is done quickly or simply. The lies and obfuscation are not easy to identify, the real story is deeply complex.
And at the same time, just so tax my gray cells further, I remain quite interested in research on several technical areas of the UFO phenomena, in particular as it relates to certain incidents involving not simply observations but instrumented data collection. For those of you not following the contemporary observations I’m going to post a link which introduces you to a recent U.S. Navy incident which products visual observations, laser targeting effects, multiple radar imaging and tracking and infrared imaging.
The link takes you to a conference presentation which gives you an overview of the incident and then some fairly heavy scientific analysis, concluding that the object in question was real, more than unconventional and truly anomalous.
Personally I’m interested in a number of incidents dealing with not just radar tracking of UFO’s, but observations which suggest that the UFO’s were intentionally emitting radar transmissions and IFF signals (Identification Friend or Foe) suggesting that they were either testing American electronics intelligence aircraft and ground air defense radar site or doing something even more interesting.
However, to effectively restudy such incidents, we need help from some military veterans or professionals with radar experience – so if you are one and if these three examples interest you please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1957 Incidents – two month period:
FPS-3A L-band search radar tracked an inbound target at average speed of about 6,200 mph for 48 secs [?] when it “stopped abruptly” and “remained stationary” for 12 secs to the ENE at 75° azimuth 85 miles range, N of Grand Canyon, then target headed outbound at about 7,000 mph on 85° heading over the last 72 secs before disappearing at the radar’s maximum range at 81° azimuth 224 miles range (near Marble Canyon, Ariz.). Target responded to encrypted military IFF transponder signals and transmitted encrypted responses. Similar occurrence 2 days earlier noted by night crew but no others in 2 years prior.
Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) RB-47 jet on training mission repeatedly encountered maneuvering radar- transmitting UFO which correlated with visual of brilliant white-red light tracked at 10 nautical miles from RB-47 by Dallas/Duncanville AFS 647th ACWRON air defense FPS-10 radar (32°38.8′ N, 96°54.3′ W), with same motions outpacing jet, simultaneous blink outs on Duncanville radar, ELINT monitors, visually and on airborne navigation radar. MPS-7 L-band search and MPS-14 S-band height-finder radars tracked a stationary target at 42,000 ft to the NW at 308° azimuth 82 miles range (S of Chandler, Ariz.). Target responded to encrypted military IFF Mode 3 transponder signals, transmitted encrypted responses resulting in “normal Mode 3 paint” on radar scopes, and “a very slight strobe came from object appearing like ECM jamming.” See similar incident on July 16, 1957, in Arizona (Las Vegas radar station) and RB-47 case on July 17