Sparks is a ufological researcher of high standing. He
is a leading expert on the CIA
Robertson Panel and the history of the CIA
investigation of UFOs. He was
the first researcher to discover that the Director of
the CIA had been briefed on UFOs, the
first to obtain the release of the CIA Director's UFO
briefing memos, and
the first to obtain the release of the complete,
uncensored and declassified CIA Robertson Panel report
as well as many other important CIA documents,
some of which have never been released again to the public.
was co-founder of Citizens
Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS)
and principal consultant in the Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA)
lawsuits managed by CAUS
against the CIA
He served as the assistant research director of the Aerial
Phenomena Research Organization (APRO),
founded by the late Coral
and Jim Lorenzen, for APRO's
last decade until 1988. He is also co-founder of BlueBookArchive.org
which is putting online on the Web the entire U.S. Air
Force Project Blue Book files, which he considers the
best collection of publicly available UFO evidence in
existence. He has produced the ongoing work-in-progress
the Comprehensive Catalog of
1,500 Project Blue Book Unknowns,which is available
on the NICAP,
and other websites. He is a Research Associate of the
Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena
founded by Dr.
Richard Haines, and is a MUFON
member and consultant to the MUFON
a stint working at NASA-Ames, Sparks investigated astronaut
UFO cases, including interviewing Skylab-3 astronaut Dr.
Owen Garriott shortly after his return
to earth. He conclusively refuted the official skeptical
explanation for the Gemini 11 case, but recently found
an explanation for this longstanding unexplained incident
as well as explanations for the Apollo 11 and 12 incidents.
However, Skylab-3 remains a mystery with the color photos
and optical ranging yielding an approximate 800-foot size
of the space UFO, much larger than the largest satellite
then in space (the 150-foot Skylab-3).
has also worked on photographic and optical analysis of
UFO cases. In cooperation with optical physicist Dr.
Bruce Maccabee, he investigated the McMinnville
UFO photos. Based on his Lockheed
training in radar systems,
he has also worked with radar physicist Gordon Thayer
and other scientists on analysis of the Lakenheath-Bentwaters
AFB radar-visual sightings of UFOs,
the RB-47 electronic intelligence UFO case,
and other radar and electromagnetic cases.
has been a lifelong skeptic of Roswell and the ETH
for UFOs), although he remains open to new evidence. For
example, in 2000 (while working on non-UFO-related research),
he accidentally discovered the TOP SECRET U.S. government
policy response to Roswell, which should not exist if
Roswell was essentially a non-event as he had long believed.
He also has moved on from his belief in the "Mogul
balloon" explanation for Roswell, after discovering
that the supposed Mogul balloon flight path was a fabrication.
He worked with Dr. David Rudiak in plotting the correct
probable balloon path, which passed nowhere near the Roswell
was the principal consultant for the Best
Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings television and
DVD documentary produced by Redstar
Films, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in
2005 (released worldwide 2007).