Robert O. Dean, who died on October 11, was active in UFO research for many years. In the 1960s he read a document called "UFO Assessment: An Evaluation of a Possible Threat"while stationed at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) which transformed his life. While he was never able to produce proof of the existence of this document, Dean insisted for more than 20 years that it was real and contained details of sightings, alien encounters and autopsies of alien bodies.

Various efforts to search SHAPE’s historical record allegedly never turned up any trace of the document, and SHAPE historian Dr. Gregory Pedlow claims that the one piece of evidence, which is a cover sheet of the document offered by UFO investigator Timothy Good for analysis by him in 1993, must be false because NATO does not have and never has had a designation "Cosmic Top Secret," which is displayed on the document.

Dean struck to his story and often described contents of the document. When the French Committee for In-Depth Studies of UFOs (COMETA) released a report in 1999 called "UFOs: What Should We Prepare For" its assessments were similar in tone to what Dean had claimed he had read in the SHAPE Assessment.

In December of 2017, the US Defense Department released video of some unknown objects displaying flight characteristics that are far beyond anything in possession of any known earthly power. This video ended the controversy about whether or not UFOs exist.

At the beginning of Robert Dean’s public career, the government absolutely denied that it had any credible evidence that UFOs existed. That has proved to be false. While a final determination about the authenticity of Dean’s claims cannot be made, it is now officially admitted that UFOs are a real phenomenon.

Dean’s gentle good humor, sincerity and determined efforts will be missed by all who encountered him. He will be remembered for his courage and persistence. Robert Dean was born on March 2, 1929 and spent a 28 year career in the US Army. After retiring he joined the community of people dedicated to discovering the truth about the UFO phenomenon and remained active in it until the end of his life.

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