By Paul Dean, 4 May 2017
(UFOs – Documenting The Evidence, Melbourne, Australia)
Quote from the article:
“The US Department of Defence (DoD), and components of the Armed Forces, routinely produce ‘doctrinal’ material to aid in the efficient and lawful running of the US military. Such doctrine falls into several categories, including, but not limited to, ‘Regulations,’ ‘Instructions,’ ‘Manuals,’ ‘Directives’ and ‘Guidelines.’ Historically, the US military handled the reporting and investigation of ‘UFOs,’ or ‘unidentified flying objects,’ through such published doctrine, much of which has been declassified and released to the public. When the United States Air Force (USAF) terminated its long running UFO study program, Project Blue Book, on the 17th of December, 1969, it was commonly accepted that no government agency, including within the military, would further accept or investigate UFO reports. Thus, one would expect that no formal publications dealing with UFOs would be promulgated beyond 1970. We know, of course, that this is not true. Numerous examples of classified military doctrine that deal with UFOs have come to light, as I have highlighted in previous blog posts.
On the 10th of April, 2001, the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Public Affairs (ASD-PA) promulgated a DoD Instruction titled ‘DoD Instruction 5040.6, Life-Cycle Management of DoD Visual Information (VI).’ Amended on the 21st of October, 2002, and totalling twenty-seven pages, it details the ‘life-cycle’ of DoD ‘visual information’ (VI), which includes ‘…still photographs, digital still images, motion pictures, analog and digital video recordings….’ The Instruction references, and works in conjunction with, a DoD Manual titled ‘DoD Manual 5040.6-M-1, Decision Logic Table Instructions For Recording And Handling Visual Information Material’ (DoD Manual 5040.6-M-1). This Manual was also published by ASD-PA on the 21st of October, 2002.
Curiously, one of the topics listed is UFO’s and other unidentifiable aerial phenomena.
Section 21 of Chapter 5, on Page 53, of the Manual is titled ‘UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT (UFO) AND OTHER AERIAL PHENOMENA IMAGERY.’ Beneath this bold heading, it is stated:
‘The following table concerns imagery that records UFOs and other aerial phenomena not obviously identifiable as conventional aircraft or missiles. The table also lists the priority assigned to each category of imagery and provides relevant handling instructions.’
The table is titled ‘UFO and Other Aerial Phenomena Imagery’ and contains just two columns. The left-hand side column is headed ‘Subject Description,’ and the right-hand column is headed ‘Instructions.’ Listed, in the left-hand column are two categories of aerial oddities that can be photographed or filmed. They are:
‘Aerial flying objects not obviously identifiable as conventional aircraft,’
‘Aerial phenomena (including moving lights and similar phenomena).’ ”
Wikipedia article: “United States Department of Defense”: