Because of the tense Cold War situation and increased Soviet capabilities, the CIA Study Group saw serious national security concerns in the flying saucer situation. The group believed that the Soviets could use UFO reports to touch off mass hysteria and panic in the United States. The group also believed that the Soviets might use UFO sightings to overload the US air warning system so that it could not distinguish real targets from phantom UFOs. H. Marshall Chadwell, Assistant Director of OSI, added that he considered the problem of such importance “that it should be brought to the attention of the National Security Council, in order that a communitywide coordinated effort towards it solution may be initiated.”
via Respectful Insolence, who was mostly linking to this piece about Area 51 veterans. The veterans’ group is called Roadrunners Internationale (be warned, embedded music on the page) and they meet up in Vegas to reminisce about Blackbirds and the like.