The MUFON Files comprise 46 years of case files, as well as hundreds of research documents on the UFO subject. Now it’s time to do some serious research with all this information. Not that serious research hasn’t been done in the past, but now, with good hard data thanks to CMS, it’s time to relook at this mystery under a new set of lens. Understanding the UFO phenomenon is not an easy task, but without research peeling back the layers of the phenomenon one layer at a time, we will never find the answers we truly seek. That’s why we have a goal to “Promote Research on the UFO Phenomenon” and the reason why MUFON has a Director of Research, Robert Powell, and a Director of Experiencer Research, Kathleen Marden; to focus on the hard data of UFO sightings and the personal experiences that people report having with these craft and their occupants respectively. It’s also time we expand the breadth and depth of UFO research outside of the UFO field, to industry, universities, and private research organizations to help us supercharge this very important research work.
The Research we are doing at MUFON begins with analyzing the data we receive each month and trying to understand what it is telling us by looking for trends in the data. Robert Powell, MUFON Director of Research, and his team are working on this, and trying to bring the power of the computer to bear identifying trends. A second research team headed by Clifford Clift is working to bring order to our older paper files so they can be indexed and computerized. And of course each month, the Top-10 sub-team is crawling through the last month of completed UFO reports to find the very best cases to be considered for our annual top 10 report. Just this past month we announced a new team, the “Project Orange Team” to map out and identify orb clusters, behaviors, and their possible causes. The project is being led by MUFON Utah State Director Erica Lukes, Pennsylvania FI Terry Ray, New Jersey FI Bob Spearing, and Washington State Director James Clarkson, with the guidance of the Science Advisory Board. These are just a sampling of research projects underway at MUFON in the area of UFO sightings.
Finally, we need to be reaching outside of MUFON and developing relationships with industry, academia, and private research groups with the desire and funding to delve deeply into the question of UFOs and provide much needed independent research on this subject. There are a number of academics and private research groups already doing UFO research in a number of interesting areas. MUFON stands ready to assist in any way we can with data and information to help them move rapidly ahead in their research as long as the results are shared openly for the benefit of humanity. If we do this right, then not only will our knowledge and understanding of this phenomenon flourish, but tremendous breakthroughs are likely to happen in energy, transportation, communications, and our understanding of our selves as a species. I for one can’t wait.