The Day After Roswell


The Day After Roswell
Corso, Philip J. (with William J. Birnes)


from NameBase Website

This book makes the sensational claim that debris from the 1947 UFO crash at Roswell spurred the development of high technology in the U.S., thanks to reverse engineering after the authorís secret "leaks" to defense contractors. Col. Philip J. Corso was an army intelligence officer for 21 years, and served on Gen. MacArthurís staff in Korea, on Eisenhowerís National Security Council, and in the Pentagon under Lt. Gen. Arthur G. Trudeau.


It was for Trudeau that Corso did his UFO work, mostly in the areas of integrated circuits, lasers, and fiber optics. Corso also says that he saw one of the alien bodies from Roswell in 1947, and that the Star Wars program was developed as a deterrent to hostile UFO activity. In other areas, Corso, who died in 1998 at the age of 83, and was a something of a rabid right-winger who was deeply suspicious of the comsymps at the CIA.

Either this book is essentially true or it isnít. If not true, Corso might be motivated by greed, or he might have been easily manipulated in his old age. Itís also possible that thereís a larger disinformation project in the works: if you read 50 books like this, and watch 100 episodes of "The X Files," you soon become politically neutralized ("Why Johnny Canít Dissent"). Even UFO researchers donít know what to make of this book. (Or perhaps the phrase should read, "Particularly UFO researchers....")

The Day After Roswell
A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Governmentís Shocking UFO Cover-Up
by Colonel Philip Corso

from All-Natural Website

"To say this is a significant book, if not the most significant book to appear on a UFO subject in decades can hardly be considered an exaggeration. If even a portion of Corsoís extraordinary claims are true, the implications are staggering. Corso has told a fascinating story, at times cinematic, with enough meat to keep UFO researchers chewing for years to come."

-- Peter Jordon

UFO Magazine


Colonel Corsoís background:

Military officer during World War II and Army intelligence officer on General Douglas MacArthurís staff during the Korean War; member of the President Eisenhowerís National Security Council as a Lt. Colonel for four years; head of Foreign Technology in Army Research and Development at the Pentagon in the early 1960s, where he was in charge of the Roswell Files, the cache of UFO parts and information which,

"an Army retrieval team . . . pulled out of the wreckage of a flying disk that had crashed outside the town of Roswell in the New Mexico desert in the early-morning darkness during the first week of July 1947."

Retired from the Army in 1963 with nineteen medals and ribbons; then served as National Security specialist staff to U.S. Senators James Eastland and Strom Thurmond; and subsequently has worked as a consultant and contracts administrator in the private sector.


Colonel Corso tells that there were five extraterrestrials, 4-1/2 feet tall with greyish-brown skin, four-fingered hands and oversized hairless heads, found at the Roswell UFO crash site, two of them still alive. One tried to run away and was shot by nervous soldiers. The other was still alive but dying when he arrived in the back of an Army truck at Roswell Army Air Field.


He was Post Duty Officer at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1947, the night a shipment of Roswell artifacts arrived from Fort Bliss. Colonel Corso examined the shipment, which included one of the dead extraterrestrials preserved in a thick light-blue liquid. The shipment was destined for what is now called Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Corso speaks about serving in President Eisenhowerís National Security Council, and seeing the memos about the Roswell incident and the "goods" retrieved from it.

The Colonel divulges how he spearheaded the Armyís super-secret reverse-engineering project that "seeded" extraterrestrial technology at American corporations such as IBM, Hughes Aircraft, Bell Labs, and Dow Corning - without their knowledge. He describes the devices found aboard the Roswell craft, and how they became the precursors for todayís,

  • integrated circuit chips

  • fiber optics

  • lasers

  • night-vision equipment

  • super-tenacity fibers (such as Kevlar plastic armor)

  • classified discoveries, such as,

    • psychotronic devices that can translate human thoughts into signals that control machinery

    • Stealth aircraft technology

    • Star Wars particle-beam devices

He also discusses the role that extraterrestrial technology played in shaping geopolitical policy and events:

  • how it helped the United States surpass the Russians in space

  • spurred elaborate Army initiatives such as SDI (Star Wars Projects)

  • Project Horizon (to place a military base on the Moon)


  • and ultimately brought about the end of the Cold War

Colonel Corso also said that captured UFOs were/are kept at Norton, Edwards and Nellis (Area 51) Air Force Bases. He said a UFO Working Group was set up by President Truman in September, 1947, a group some call MJ-12, and that it has functioned ever since. In the 1950s two crude prototypes of antigravity craft were constructed, but were powered by crude human nuclear fission generators, and were inefficient and leaked radiation. He says that the Star Wars program was always primarily to prepare for war against the extraterrestrials in case of invasion.

The Day After Roswell
Philip J. Corso with William J. Birnes
Pocket Books, New York, 1997
ISBN 0-671-00461-1
from ForteanTimes Website

It is no compliment to suggest that this is the most incredible book published so far this year. Working for the head of Army research and development in the early 1960s, Philip Corso claims to have taken charge of a super-secret black project. His job was to `seedí discoveries flowing from a continuing intensive study of artifacts recovered from the UFO crash site at Roswell 15 years earlier with the giants of the US defense industry. The result, he claims, was a slew of inventions, from stealth technology and Kevlar body armor to fiber optics, integrated circuitry and lasers.

Furthermore, we learn, the US authorities do indeed possess an autopsied EBE (Extraterrestrial Biological Entity), the Majestic-12 group was a reality, and President Reaganís Strategic Defense Initiative was designed not to shoot down Soviet ICBMs but to account for incoming UFOs.

Unsupported as this essentially is by anything other than the authorís own word (the only other officer whose view are regularly cited to back up all this stuff is Corsoís former boss, Lt Gen. Arthur Trudeau, now conveniently deceased), it must be rated not only implausible but actually insulting. For the authorís central thesis is little more than an adaptation of Erich von Danikenís views on ancient astronauts:

humanity is too backward and too stupid to invent anything of worth finds itself and finds itself utterly dependent on alien technology to make any progress. (It can only be a matter of time before someone claims that the steam engine was suggested to Watt by the MIB.)

The real problem with The Day After Roswell is not what it claims but what it doesnít say. At no point does Corso tell why he is relating his countryís deepest secrets, nor how he is now able to expose the most efficient cover-up ever mounted by the US government without incurring any sanctions. He also fails to explain how, in the midst of the ultra-competitive inter-service rivalries he describes, evidence for the supposed Roswell recovery operation (which every previous authority has made quite clear was masterminded by the US Air Force) ended up in Army files in the first place.

Such difficulties are exacerbated by the fact that Corsoís claims - extravagant and bizarre as there are - are not the only odd thing about this book. There is also the problem of the authorís admission that he failed to recognize the importance of the work he had done until, 35 years later, he sat down intending to write quite a different book about his army years. Only then, he says, did he realize that his story was "perhaps the most significant of the past 50 years".

Then there is the matter of the authorís apparently less than startling military career. Lt. Col is not an exalted rank; moreover, Corso had been promoted to Major as early as 1944, and thus received one promotion in the remaining 19 years of his military career. This is not the record of a high-flyer, much less that of a man supposedly brilliant enough to be entrusted with his countryís most important research project.

And, oddly enough, although a forward by US Senator Strom Thurmond - Corsoís first civilian boss - lauds the author and his contribution to the American Cold War effort, it scrupulously refrains from making any mention of the bookís bizarre claims or Corsoís numerous alleged triumphs in helping to back-engineer alien artifacts.

Can it be that Thurmond does not believe his former employee himself? Canít say Iíd blame him if he didnít.

Mike Dash