By Paul Dean, 10 July 2016
(UFOs – Documenting The Evidence, Melbourne, Australia)
Quote from the article:
“In Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8 of my ‘NORAD and the UFO Smokescreen’ series, I discussed the possibility that the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), as well as other commands and their space components, may have detected and tracked UFO’s outside Earth’s atmosphere. I discussed NORAD’s early efforts, starting in the 1950’s, and brought us through to the 1990’s and 2000’s, where the old US Space Command (SPACECOM), and then the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) partially took over space surveillance from NORAD. I have introduced the core topic of ‘Uncorrelated Target’ (UCT) detection and tracking, and highlighted examples of declassified military doctrine that relates to such events. I also presented the work of UFO researchers in years gone by to obtain space object tracking data, and will continue to do so in this entry in the series, plus raise some new topics which are key to understanding NORAD’s role in space, and what it means for UFO research. As I have stated before, I use the term ‘UFO’ to describe unknown and unidentifiable bodies which are above-and-beyond natural and manmade objects.
Veteran UFO researcher Walter Webb, while studying the 1995 American West Airlines Radar-Visual UFO case in New Mexico, asked a number of questions of NORAD in a November 27th letter. Nearly a month later, on the 19th of December, 1995, S. W. Johnson, of NORAD/USSPACECOM Directorate of Public Affairs, replied to Webb. Their letter, in part, stated:
‘NORAD uses the term ‘Unknown Track Report’ (UTR) for events within our atmosphere and the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) uses the term ‘Uncorrelated Events’ for objects in space. UTR’s are considered sensitive and are not releasable to the public. Uncorrelated Event Reports (UERs) are classified SECRET until downgraded by proper authority. The term ‘UFO’ has not been used by this headquarters since the ‘Blue Book’ was permanently closed in 1974.”