Monday, May 2, 2016

For Whom It May Concern: This is my Only Blog

To anyone reading this: This is my only blog. I have no other blogs or web pages!

For a brief period, several years ago, I tried adding a blog dealing with ancient scripture, but I didn't have time to pull it off. It wasn't up for very long.

Since then, I have not done anything else but this blog: GRUDGE...THAT'S IT!

If you see any other web page or blog that says, "By Bob Koford", just know that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with me.

Thanks for your time,

the "real" Bob Koford

Saturday, October 17, 2015

117L_Personnel_Frederic_Oder

This page quoted from:

NAP OPENBOOK
Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 12 (2008)
Chapter: Frederic C.E. Oder, Page 228

FREDERIC C. E. ODER
1919-2006
Elected in 1980

"For leadership in conceiving and developing civl and military satellites."

BY VANCE COFFMAN

"FREDERIC C.E. "FRITZ" ODER, colonel, United States Air Force (retired), and former vice president of Lockheed, died May 11, 2006, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the age of 86. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1980"

"Images collected by early satellites gave U.S. presidents photographic evidence of Soviet activities and enabled them to make decisions that had far-reaching implications for America and its allies. ...In 2000, for this and other contributions to national security—many of which remain classified— Fritz was named a pioneer in national reconnaissance and was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame."

Random 117L Quotes_03

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CONFIDENTIAL CITE DEP 963459 FROM ARPA SGD CLARK. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY SUBJ PROGRAM IS REDESIGNATED SAMOS. PURPOSE OF NEW DESIGNATION IS TO IDENTIFY RECONNAISSANCE PROGRAM WITH INNOCUOUS NAME THAT DOES NOT RPT NOT HAVE MISSION ASSOCIATION. SAMOS NAME IS UNCLASSIFIED. SAMOS USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE PROGRAM 'ALSO UNCLASSIFIED. HOWEVER, ATTENTION IS INVITED TO FACT THAT INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS MUST BE PROTECTED AS SUCH. ALL PUBLIC STATEMENTS OTHER THAN SIMPLE CONFIRMATION THAT SENTRY HAS BEEN REDESIGNATED SAMOS WILL BE CLEARED WITH ARPA. ALL INFORMATION RELATIVE TO SCHEDULES IS CLASSIFIED. WITHIN CLASSIFIED CHANNELS EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO REDUCE PROGRAM DATA ACCESS AND TO RESTRICT PROGRAM INFORMATION TO A RIGID NEED TO KNOW BASIS. STRICT ADHERENCE TO THESE MEASURES MUST BE EFFECTED. POSITIVE ACTION UNDER APPROPRIATE SECURITY REGULATIONS AND DIRECTIVES WILL BE TAKEN RELATIVE TO UNAUTHORIZED RELEASES. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE DISSEMINATED THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND TO ALL PERTINENT AGENCIES AND CONTRACTORS.
07/0824Z AUG .

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Random 117L quotes: Vandenberg

Here is another glimpse at the report:



"In June, 1952, General Hoyt S. Vandenberg was quoted in the Washington Post as admitting that the Armed Forces were interested in these objects, and that they were searching for the "saucers." note: article source from the Project Blue Book files, www.bluebookarchives.org

"with the present world unrest we cannot afford to be complacent...Our job is to detect any weapon that might be used against the United States. In the future a weapon that was'probably a meteor' may prove to be a global rocket." He laid out 3 steps of the plan that they had in mind, number three being:
"Radar combined with cameras and telescopes as well as modified sonar to find out why saucers appear soundless."

Again, just as was the case with Colonel Oder's comments after the Green Fireball conference, the description of the needs sought to monitor and analyze the saucers, which General Vandenberg describes, dovetails perfectly with the expanding nature of the monitoring systems that were later honed with WS-117L."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Random 117L Quotes_01

Note: Highlighted areas are mine-BK


ADVANCED RECONNAISSANCE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Air Force Ballistic Missile Office
Headquarters Air Research Development Command
Special Handling Required


"The results of the numerous studies conducted since1946 at the Direction of the Department of Defense...The concept of the Advanced Reconnaissance Systems a result of studies conducted at the Rand Corporation. A study completed in 1947 together with similar investigations by other contractors concluded that a satellite vehicle was feasible as a reconnaissance vehicle but not as a weapon carrier."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ghost Rockets and WS-117L

Two issues present themselves regarding everything (UFO related) this writer has been going through, analyzing and fact checking, to date:

1. After reading through the legally released for public consumption material, it would appear as though the Ghost Rocket phenomenon must have been a more critical issue than previously thought. One reason this writer hadn’t placed more importance on the Ghost Rocket issue, is that in the “Blue Book” documents, there are a few Air Intelligence papers located there that seemed to blow off the subject of GRs, along with the Spitzberg incident. Since I had no reason to question these documents, I put the subject on a kind of “will call” basis. Now, though, because it has been discovered that Weapon System 117L actually has its roots with the Army Signals Group, 1946, this writer’s opinion has changed. This group had been conducting some type of combination weather rocket flights, as well as reconnaissance flights using balloons and rockets. These were very early secret rocket tests. Based on the manner in which everything played out, historically speaking, along with the fact that the early Army Signals Group program was mentioned in the early WS-117L documents, it would appear as though they had to have been tracking/monitoring something, back then, and that leads us to the second issue.


2. The person put in charge of WS-117L development, by both the CIA as well as the Air Force, was Colonel Frederic Oder, under General Schriever. Colonel Oder was the one sent by these two agencies to the Top Secret Green Fireball phenomenon meeting at Los Alamos, in 1949. This meeting covered incidents occurring in the time period of 1946 through 1949. Col. Oder had been behind Project: TWINKLE, 1950. When these trials were completed, the earliest programs for WS-117L were put underway, beginning with the U-2 “spyplane.” WS-117L was presented as if it was an (U) Unclassified program, and yet, in fact, it was strictly Need-To-Know. In a few documents this writer went through, from the NRO, the name WS-117L is preceded by the standard (U). The only problem with that is, the document itself was SECRET, so it didn’t make any difference. In this way, one should see a connection to the way WS-117L was being run, compared with how the UFO program was run.

It would seem as though the whole UFO period of investigation had been possibly conducted having extra ammunition (secretly) in their pocket, the whole time (recovered GR debris?), at least for those with a Need-To-Know.

That could very well explain a lot. For instance, when the Chief of Staff Intelligence (CIN) seemed to take over the Air Force generally, as AFCIN, it occurred during the same time period as WS-117L development, of which AFCIN-4 was involved with deeply. It could very well turn out that Project's UFO, Moon Dust, and BLUE FLY were attempts, along with their other duties, to have secret teams to be ready for a secret WS-117L satellite recovery operation, since the Navy was in charge of sea going recoveries. It would both fit, and make sense.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

UFOB of Vital Importance: A Fresh Look at the Unidentified Flying Objects and Weapon System 117L

Copyright 2015, by Bob Koford

Note: Here is a glimpse at the report that I am currently working on. This is the Introduction.


Top Secret
2 March 1948:
"Congressman Havener, x 372 Capitol, advised he had received an inquiry from a San Francisco newspaper concerning report they received in San Fransico to the effect that Russian planes have been flying at great altitude over Japan and Alaska with some new radar equipment which enables them to make maps of areas at high altitude (reported to be altitudes at which we have never been able to operate). Deputy Director stated there had been recurring reports of this but nothing to substantiate the reports. Stated that it was feasible to fly over waters not under jurisdiction and make photographic maps. Suggested that the Congressman might desire to contact the Air Force." - Diaries of Roscoe Hillenkoetter.





The Central Intelligence Agency raised its concerns about the UFOs in a memorandum, written for the Director of Central Intelligence, September 7, 1952*, which stated, in part:

"(1) Immediate steps should be taken to improve identification of both visual and electronic phantom so that in the event of an attack, instant and positive identification of enemy planes or missiles can be made."

So it would seem logical that our military would have begun to assemble some type of defense system after World War II, to defend against both missile and bomber attack, as well as UFOs, and wouldn't have waited until 1983, which is when President Reagan announced his "Star Wars" Program.

Available documents show that a space based weapon system had indeed been in progress since at least 1955. 1

This weapon system was known as WS-117L, or the Advanced Reconnaissance System (ARS) -Project: Pied Piper. It was a massive undertaking that envisioned surveillance and protection of the entire planet. General Bernard Schriever, head of the Ballistic Missile Office, was in over all charge of 117L, and his "Assistant for 117L" was, at first, Colonel Otto J. Glasser, then Colonel Frederic C. E. Oder, of the Cambridge Research Directorate (CRD). Both of these gentlemen had connections relevant to the UFO story.

To maintain security, WS-117L was hidden within other programs, which were also secret. Some of these were: DISCOVERER, SENTRY, HEXAGON, GAMBIT, CORONA, SAMOS, and MIDAS. Each of these satellite programs had important, even critical, histories unto themselves, and yet they were also just parts contributing toward the ultimate WS-117L goal. 2

The WS-117L program lasted well into the sixties, and it is hard to know when, or if 117L ever became what we might call a finished product. WS-117L had a lot up its sleeve, and its mission parameters were wide. Some of the objectives associated with it were:

1 Surveillance of the atmosphere
2 Surveillance of the surface of the planet
3 Surveillance of near and deep space
4 Secure Intelligence Communications
5 Surveillance of the Moon, especially the back-side that faces away from Earth 3
6 Electronic Intelligence - ELINT

Because the plan called for surveillance of the moon, it can be stated that Project: Mercury, which paved the way for Project: Apollo, was spawned from the needs of WS-117L.

Most of the documentation provided by the agencies involved with the program point to the Soviet Union, and the fear of Nuclear First Strike, as being the main reasoning for the weapon system. It also mentions other possible threats, such as comets and meteors. Yet, the same evidence also proves that the UFO program of that time period played an important part in the overall program. Does this mean that, in fact, we were also interested in defending ourselves against "aliens" from outer space?

Throughout the life of the UFO program, an interest was shown in meteors, somewhat. Certain suspected meteorite impacts were investigated. At the same time, there were so many reports of other highly unconventional objects that the meteor description just doesn't do it justice.

Intercepting pilots could only describe some of the objects as being "evasive," in nature. If they were meteors, they were meteors with brains.




*see: UFOs and Government, copyright 2012 by the UFO History Group, Page 179



For 1 and 2 see: NRO Document #273, Historical Report
Weapon System 117L
1 January-31 December 1956
Western Development Division
Headquarters
Air Research And Development Command
Prepared by Alfred Rockefeller, Jr.
WDD Historian
15 April 1957

and also see:

NRO Document #1003, General Background WS-117L

For 3 see: NRO Document #49: Advanced Reconnaissance Development Plan


I will post more as time goes on. I want to make sure I cover as much of the information as is possible. And I will be able show that there is indeed a connection between WS-117L and UFOs. Please stay tuned.