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October 31, 1975
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Mir . Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06527529 - 3.3(h)(2) 6.2(d) 31 ?95-c MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, Office of Research and Development SUBJECT : Scenario for Development of Trained Birds 1. Attached is step-by-step description of one possible scenario for the use of trained birds to perform a photographic mission in the USSR. Please ensure that the contractor designs the WM training program to fit these scenarios. ' 2. There are two particularly vidherable points in the scenario--items 6c and 7b. The actual transfer of the birds from a case officer's car (6c) must be performed in full view of at least one observation post. The birds must be trained, therefore to tolerate transfer from the to a closed, possibly even ilgnt-tignt concealment device for transfer to an automobile. They may have to remain in this concealment until the actual release. 3. The actual launch of the birds (7h) is equally vulnerable to hostile observation, in this case by surveillants. Therefore, various launch techniques must be investigated and thoroughly tested. The launch scenario might dictate that the birds be launched from the side window of a car moving up to 50 miles per hour, from a knapsack on the back of a skier or from the lunch basket of a picnicker. We need to know, for example, whether two or more birds can be launched simultaneously from the same conceal- ment, what speed is acceptable for,a car launch If .50 mph is too fast, �etc. 4. Before any birds can be shipped to Moscow they must be tested in the U.S. following a scenario as nearly identical as possible to that which will ultimately be employed. For the test scenario we suggest that an OTS/Headquarters building simulate the that a target be selected in the area, and that the birds be launched from a point south or west o E2 IMPDET CL BY Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06527529 Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C0652751 S T BIRD SCENARIO 1. Birds trained in US at contractor's facility. 2. Birds shipped to Moscow, ideally in late spring or early summer, by a. Or b. Driven in fron by case officer or officer. 3. Birds released in to a. Establish themselves, i.e. assert territoriality, and b. Orient themselves, so they will always return to loft. 4. Trainer or officer maintains birds a. During time they establish territoriality, b. During time they orienting themselves to new surroundings, and c. Until there is an opportunity for deployment, maybe one week after they established and oriented, but possibly not for two months. 5. Trainer reinforces birds' training. a. Sand table in loft? b. Black and white photographs in loft? c. Color photographs or slides in loft? 6. Preparing for mission. a. Birds captured in loft by trainer. b. Trainer attaches cameras. c. Birds put in container for transport from car and in case officer's car to launch p 7. Mission to case officer's a. Bird(s) transported in car to launch point. Camera activated. b. Launch, from moving car, at point which may be up to five miles from target. Target may not be on straight line between launch point and Bird flies over or actually lands on target, which will be very specific, i.e. one of several storage tanks, buildings, electrical installations, etc. d. Bird returns tc Trainer removes camera and film 8. If necessary, above scenario repeated, possibly with a different officer launching the bird from a slightly different point. Approved for keleae 2019/0.7-/TO C06527529 � Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C065274 i � -2- - - SE Division is prepared to assist in the formulation and execution of the test scenario. We assume that funds are available to determine whether birds can be trained to follow this scenario and that the tests can be accomplished by March 1976. Upon completion �of these � . tests-a-decision would be made as to whether the bird training program should be continued. � � 6.2(d) Attachment: as state , 'Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06527529