Despite the tendency of the powers that be, perhaps embodied more than anyone else in our military’s Blue Book project, to regard UFOs as easily explicable in terms of either natural or manmade phenomena, hallucinations or lies, J. Allen Hynek insisted that the UFO phenomenon was one which required more investigation because the mystery had not yet been solved. Gen. E. B. LeBailly, Air Force Director of Information, issued a memorandum insisting that this was correct and that all agencies ought to be involved in investigating it. As LeBailly pointed out, a large number of those reporting these encounters and sightings were perfectly credible individuals. Not long after this, astronaut James McDivitt chimed in and insisted that the UFO phenomenon is indeed real, and worth investigating, although he insisted that he did not know what they were.
John Fuller would go on to add that Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, as well as Portsmouth Naval Base, had experienced frequent radar blips with fighters very often sent out to pursue these objects. Clearly, whatever the Air Force would say in its public press releases, it was very concerned about the UFO phenomenon and did not regard them as simply “nothing” or explicable in terms of already known phenomena. In fact, Fuller was told by an air force pilot that he and his other fellow pilots had been ordered to shoot down UFOs they encountered but that our weapons did not appear to have any impact on these vehicles and they were able to easily evade our aircraft.
By late October, around the time of the Pentagon press release explaining the Exeter sighting, Fuller learned from an air force pilot that pilots had been ordered to shoot at any UFO they came across in order to bring it down. The UFOs, however, appeared to be “invulnerable” and were able to outmaneuver any air force aircraft. Fuller’s informant personally disagreed with this policy, as he saw no gain in alienating the unidentified craft. Fuller was told that many Air Force pilots were disgusted by the Pentagon’s report on the Exeter sighting and the cavalier attitude the government exhibited regarding the subject in general in public, as these pilots had themselves come into frequent encounters with such objects capable of tremendous speeds and inhuman maneuverability, clearly intelligently piloted, visible to both eyesight and radar, oftentimes at the same time, and sometimes coming into frighteningly close proximity to military bases themselves. Indeed, Fuller would go on to suggest that it might be precisely this impotence of our military against these flying objects that explained their reticence in coming forward.