"items" were recovered at the crash at
Roswell in 1947... "we have things at Area 51 that you and the best minds in
the world won't even be able to conceive for the next 30-40 years..."
UFO update October 26, 2009.
WHO IS RAND?
The RAND Corporation was established in 1946 by the U.S
Army Air Force as Project RAND (for Research and Development)
and is today registered as a non-profit organization. It is
funded through government contracts, university collaborators
and by "private donors." RAND's primary agency clients include
the CIA and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)
Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA the 2,000 person think tank
now maintains branches worldwide. RAND's stated mission is to
"help to improve policy and decision making through objective
research and analysis for the security of the United States of
Over 30 Nobel Prize winners have been
employed by RAND.
From physics to economics, the 2000 person think tank
provides high-level information and evaluation to the U.S.
government. RAND has conducted studies in such areas as weapons
development, intelligence gathering and analysis and the design
of sensitive underground installations for the USAF.
Far more concealed is RAND's intimate involvement in highly
classified unidentified flying objects (UFO's) study for the
LeMay was a keeper of the purported 1947 Roswell UFO
This was revealed in a stunningly candid interview with the late
U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater (a former U.S.
Presidential Candidate, Major General and Command Pilot) was
LeMay's close friend.
LeMay's UFO involvement was explained by Goldwater in a live
worldwide broadcast with CNN's Larry King in 1994. The USAF had
just re-issued a report that the 1947 Roswell UFO crash was
nothing more than a meteorological balloon. Goldwater informed
King this was bull-crap. He knew this, he explained, because in
the 1960's he had approached Curtis LeMay about the crashed UFO
issue. Goldwater told Larry King:
"It was all hushed up. I called Curtis
LeMay and I said, 'General, I know we have a room at Wright
Patterson where you put all of this secret stuff. Could I go in
there? I've never heard General LeMay get mad, but he got madder
than hell at me, cussed me out and said, 'Don't ever ask me that
question again!" Goldwater never did.
LeMay was very well-acquainted with Roswell Army Air Field Base
Commander Butch Blanchard. Blanchard oversaw the base at the
time of the Roswell crash event in 1947. It is believed that
Blanchard helped issue the original press release on the crash -
which prompted the famous resulting headline "RAAF Captures
Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region." Blanchard told Art
McQuiddy, editor of the Roswell Morning Dispatch in 1947, "I'll
tell you this and nothing more - the stuff I saw I'd never seen
anyplace else in my life."
In LeMay's 1965 biography "Mission with LeMay" he admits. "There
is not a question about it: these were things which we could not
tie in with any natural phenomena known to our investigators."
As early as 1943 this fabled Five Star General of two units of
military service was already investigating UFO's.
Found in Box 166 of General Arnold's papers (at AFHRC,
Maxwell AFB) is detailed analysis from 1943 that assessed a
number of sightings of "small, luminous, silvery discs" reported
by B-17 pilots. "Foo fighters" were an anomalous aerial
"ball-of-light" phenomena reported and photographed by pilots
during combat in Europe in the 1940s. Hap Arnold was intimately
involved in the study of the baffling phenomena.
General Arnold established the 509th and (like General LeMay) he
was closely associated with Colonel William "Butch" Blanchard -
the Commanding Officer of the 509th bombing wing and the Roswell
Base Commander at the time of the 1947 crash.
On July 7, 1947 (just after the Roswell disc crash) Arnold is
quoted in a UP story that stated, "General H.H. (Hap) Arnold,
head of the army air forces during WWII, said today the discs
could be a development of United States scientists not yet
Of course during the period immediately following the Roswell
crash, U.S. military were confusing the public with various
false explanations on the nature of the discs. But Arnold had
known for years that U.S. scientists could not be the reason for
them. He knew that they were seen by his own pilots operating in
Europe during WW2 - as he had earlier reported.
RAND'S EARLY UFO INVOLVEMENT
A 1948 document titled "Request for Study by Rand
Project" is directed to the US Air Force Chief of Staff.
The author of the document is Col. W.R. Clingerman, the Acting
Chief of Intelligence. Clingerman was associated with Project
Sign, the USAF official early study of the UFO phenomena.
Clingerman explains that he wishes RAND to: "Assist in the
collection of information relating to unidentified aerial
objects that may possibly represent spaceships."
It is felt that the "spaceships" had "distinguishing
characteristics" that RAND personnel would be uniquely suited to
provide technical information about - and that they could find
"further scientific clues" about the "unidentified aerial
The document can be accessed at
RAND AND UFO SIGHTINGS ANALYSIS
While working for RAND, senior analyst Dr. James E. Lipp
wrote one of two scientific reports for the USAF's official UFO
study, Project Sign.
It was completed in February of 1949 and was classified. In the
report Lipp makes an extraordinarily astute observation.
Lipp notes that by the Spring of the previous year there had
been a total of five atomic bomb explosions. Lipp believed that
these explosions could have served as interstellar 'smoke
signals' - and that they would be a potential source of
Lipp continues that "visits from outer space are believed
RAND'S ET STATEMENTS
Stephen H. Doyle, scientist at the RAND Corporation, authored
the intriguingly titled "Habital Planets for Man" in 1964.
Dole - based on his analysis while at RAND - believed that the
existence of extraterrestrial intelligence was extremely high.
In other reports he estimated the number of life-bearing planets
(based on available information at the time) at 640 Mllion!
It appears that RAND not only analyzed the UFO problem, but also
evaluated the larger cosmological issues of our place in the
universe, the likelihood of ET and how to determine and quantify
the extent of off-earth life.
THE RAND UFO REPORT THEY DIDN'T WANT US TO SEE
RAND analyst George Kocher authored an assessment report
entitled, "UFOs: What to Do?" dated November 27, 1968. Kocher's
paper was stamped "For RAND Use Only."
It further instructs on its cover page: "Do not quote or cite in
external publications or correspondence." Though known of by the
UFO research community for some years, it was only in 2000 that
RAND was forced to officially acknowledge the paper's existence
and authenticity. Today RAND counters that it was an "internal
draft" that was never formally considered. It is easy to
understand why RAND would want us to think this is the case.
From a summary of this report we learn the author's conclusions
about the phenomena: "Since WWII there seems to have been a
drastic increase in sightings. We have enough data to know that
the phenomena is unambiguously extraordinary and clearly
inexplicable in modern terms." Chapters in the previously
restricted document include, "UFOs: Historical Aspects" "UFOs:
Astronomical Aspects" "Phenomenological Aspects" and its
conclusion, "UFOs: How to Proceed and Why."
The document is
available for review in PDF at
We know based on the above-mentioned 1948 Air Force document
that RAND was engaged in official research. In 1968, two decades
on, RAND was still engaged in such analysis. And they likely
continue this work today.
RAND & UFOS TODAY - KEEPING IT ALL IN
Executive Vice President is Michael D Rich, right, Mr. Rich is also Director of RAND National Security Research.
A family man, Mr. Rich's own family history is very telling. His
father was aviation genius Benjamin Rich. Ben helped to lead
aerospace giant Lockheed Martin as President of Lockheed
Advanced Aeronautics. He oversaw the ultra-secret Lockheed
"Skunk Works" division where he spearheaded the development of
the Stealth bomber. Rich Sr. is universally acknowledged as "the
father of Stealth technology."
Rich, right, stated some extremely revealing things about
the reality and nature of UFOs. In a letter to
his friend and associate John Andrews he replies to Andrew's
observations about the UFO phenomena. Andrews had written a
letter to Rich in which Andrews says, "I believe with certainty
in manmade UFOs. I am tending to believe there are also
Rich - in a handwritten letter - replies to Andrews, "Yes, I am
a believer in both categories." Andrews was a forensic
illustrator and aviation model-maker.
Before his own death, Andrews related that
Rich went further in privately explaining that, "there are two
types of UFOs, the ones we build and the ones 'they' build."
Rich told Andrews of his concern that the public should
not be told. But Rich told Andrews he had recently changed his
mind on this and that those "involved in dealing with the
'subject' could represent a bigger problem to citizens than
knowledge of the visitors themselves." Just before he died,
Andrews says that Rich confirmed to him that "items" were
recovered at the crash at Roswell in 1947.
Rich also told associate John Goodall, "we
have things at Area 51 that you and the best minds in the world
won't even be able to conceive for the next 30-40 years."
In fact Rich gave numerous clues and hints about the
alien reality to several before he passed. The father of Stealth
- who is also the father of RAND's current Director - gave his
gift to truth and history before he died. He confirmed official
government study of the UFO reality and the crash of an
extraterrestrial vehicle to earth.
THE RAND-BATTELLE CONNECTION AND UFOS
Prior articles by this author (available on the UFO
Iconoclasts website and in the book Witness to Roswell) have
shown that - like RAND - Battelle Memorial Institute was heavily
engaged by government to study UFOs. It now appears that
Battelle metallurgists likely analyzed the Roswell memory metal
retrieved from the 1947 crash. That conclusion was drawn from a
"reverse engineering of information" of the literature on shape
recovery metal; by the revealing statements of two U.S.
Generals; through the confession of analysis by a senior
Battelle scientist and by establishing other connections.
But perhaps the most interesting of these
telling connections is this: The Director of Battelle at the
time of the Roswell crash - Clyde E. Williams - simultaneously
sat on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation!
Williams directed RAND and Battelle's activities at a
time when both organizations were highly engaged in UFO study.
Clyde Williams was installed as Trustee of RAND in 1948 (the
year after Roswell) and remained a RAND trustee until 1963.
Battelle is also known to have supported analysis of UFO
sightings for the Air Force's Project Blue Book during William's
President Dwight Eisenhower
The line between "public" and "private" sectors is blurred when
it comes to "things UFO." Such fuzzy, "quasi-public"
organizations were of grave concern to a wise President and
Dwight Eisenhower was instructive in his farewell to the nation.
He warned that we should beware of the unchecked powers of the
"military-industrial complex." And the
Five Star General was right. For it is in complexes like
Battelle and RAND that the alien truth resides, unchecked. Until
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August 28 2009
"Moon rock" turns out to be
The exhibit at the Rijksmuseum,
originally gifted to Willem Drees in 1969 by then US ambassador William
Middendorf as a souvenir of the trip by three US astronauts on July 20,
"When we received it, we insured it for 100,000 florins or 50,000 euros in
today's money," said Xandra van Gelder, the editor-in-chief of the museum's
internal magazine. But she told AFP that it was "hardly worth 50 euros,"
adding that museum authorities had been alerted by space and other experts.
This was confirmed by independent studies on the exhibit which is roughly
the size of a matchbox. The US space agency NASA gifted pieces of the
alleged moon rock to several countries. The Rijksmuseum, one of the world's
top museums, is better known for its vast collection of paintings by