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May 5, 1976
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Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C064084443.3(h)(2) 6.2(d) ORD-1102-76 5 MAY 1976. MEMORANDUM FOR: Mr. Barry D. Kelly, NIO/SA SUBJECT: TACANA/TCT 1. Based on.a detailed review, of the history, .progress, and current status of the, TACANA/TCT .RD :program,.; is the firm opinion of ORD that Some changes in the program direction and scheduling should be put into effect at ,this time. -AS outlined below, we believe it is not practical to .plan for operational use this fall: 2. A number of problems have been encountered in the course of the program, the,impact_of which,capses a projected delay in the cOmpletion. ,In order to attempt to reduce the full impact of this delay, it-is...planned that,ithe,Work scheduled for the area be deleted from the program. -In using this approach, it is planned that at the completion of the Oklahoma training phase, all program efforts will be transferred to the Washington, D.C. area. Specifically it.,is,Dlanned to have a kit of no more than Six birds housed in-the'East,Build- ing of the OTS complex Anladditional_sroup.of,ip to 24 birds will be housed in a,remote,renied facility (location to be determined) in the'WaShington,area. cBeth_grOupswill be trained against simulated targets in-thiS area: but in no event will taken to the East Building will De Drougnt intJ) the area under they be permitted near The kit of birds :onditions to'demonstrate the feasibility of coping with this operational requirement. This,same kit will be trained for release by coyert techniques,Such,as�"coat-pockets," etc. The training of the oiher group of-24 birds is required to assure that many of the behavioral unknowns in this potential application will have been examined to some degree. When the birds are conditioned for the demonstration, a notice will be provided to those interested parties that wish to witness the test. E2 IMPDET Cl by Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06408444 Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06408444 Subject: TACANA/TCT 3. As some background explanation to provide you with some insight into delays incurred in the training, it should be pointed out that there were three major factors, all of which were unanticipated. a. A number of birds contracted an illness. b. High winds and tornado weather lasting over an extended period were encountered in Oklahoma. c. Most important, it was determined -upon : analysis that the successful A-B-C flight deirion,stra- stiOns in California were due to the birds becoming acclimated to the-terrain features rather than to :the targets and thus it is felt that additional reinforce- ment is required to specifically train the birds to the target devices.. - Item c is related to one of the, reasons for moving to Oklahoma, an aria in which the target location can be moved: on a daily basis, whereas in California, because of the metropolitan area in which the work was being carried-out,.such relocation was considerably restricted. , � ,, 4. The Office of' Research and Development believes that although the goals of the program are still very difficult, significant program progress has been made so far. Based'on these results, there is a reasonable,probability,Of achieving * the desired behavioral training for che denied,area.pperation. , -Directorro P9I1a1,4,1,1 ,Research and 'Development Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06408444