By Richard M. Dolancopyright ?2001 all rights reserved

Note: this article is adapted and expanded from Richard Dolan?s UFOs and the National Security State, Keyhole Publishing, 2000. It appears in the December 2001/January 2002 issue of UFO Magazine.

At around 2 a.m. on the morning of May 22, 1949, America?s first Secretary of Defense, James Vincent Forrestal, fell to his death from a small window of the 16th floor of the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

The decline and death of Forrestal is an unresolved problem of history. There is no question that he suffered from a spectacular mental breakdown during 1948 and 1949. Exactly why he did so is less certain, but the answer may have relevance to American national security ? and the pesky topic of more