National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena
National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was an amateur UFO club, formed in 1956 in Washington, DC. In January 1957, it came under the directorship of retired major and flying saucer enthusiast, Donald Keyhoe. NICAP achieved an unwarranted measure of prestige and credibility through its governing board of retired admirals, generals and academics, enticed by Keyhoe to posts which were little more than sinecures. In reality, NICAP acted primarily as a vehicle for Keyhoe to promote the extraterrestrial hypothesis and press his claim that the U.S. Air Force and CIA were concealing information on alien spacecraft and their occupants.