Ancient of Days UFOs and Abduction Conference Filmed on Location in Roswell, New Mexico During the Annual Roswell UFO Festival Richard Dolan is the author of "UFOs and the National Security State," a recent work central to understanding the government management of the extraterrestrial phenomena issue during the second half of the 20th Century. He will provide a historical foundation for UFOs and government secrecy. Drawing on official documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, he will detail the extreme levels of interest given to UFOs by the U.S. military and intelligence community, despite public statements to the contrary. One reason he offers is that unknown and extraordinary objects have repeatedly violated sensitive U.S. airspace. Frequently, these objects exhibited capabilities far beyond those of military aircraft even today. Dolan's historical analysis will include the origins and development of a secrecy/cover-up posture during the cold war, as well as descriptions of several spectacular military encounters with UFOs. He will also point out why it is unlikely that "true" UFOs in the early years could have been the product of a secret military program.