Here Are the CIA's 10 Tips For Investigating UFOs
Establish a Group To Investigate and Evaluate Sightings
Presumably, investigating UFOs is dangerous work, so you're going to need some help.
Determine the Objectives of Your Investigation
In the CIA's case, they wanted to determine if UFOs were a national security threat. In Mulder's case, he wanted to know why his sister was abducted. Whatever your reason for looking into the unknown, make sure you know it beforehand.
Consult With Experts
A lot of people think they've seen a UFO, but unless you get someone who knows what they're talking about to back up your claim, you got nothing.
Create a Reporting System To Organize Incoming Cases
You don't want some messy pile of UFO sightings, get a nice Excel spreadsheet going!
Eliminate False Positives
Before declaring that an object is unidentified, you'd better first make sure that you've gone through every possible explainable thing it could be.
Develop Methodology To Identify Common Aircraft and Other Aerial Phenomena Often Mistaken for UFOs
If there's a known aircraft that makes a weird noise or moves in a bizarre pattern, you need to know that so when you spot it, you can immediately recognize that it's not a UFO.
Examine Witness Documentation
If there's a picture and a story, you need to put it through the wringer to see how it holds up. If it still can't be explained, then you may be on to something.
Conduct Controlled Experiments
If you're able to recreate the sighting, then it's not really unidentified anymore, is it?
Gather and Test Physical and Forensic Evidence
If your sighting left behind physical evidence, then you're very lucky indeed, but you're job is not over. You need to test everything. Check the area for radiation, search for unexplained metals, check for traces of biological material. Oh, and unless you're a forensic scientist, you're gonna need some help for this step.
Discourage False Reporting
How can we ever learn the truth about UFOs if the field is muddied with false claims? No matter how tempting it is that you've found something, you need to hold off until you're sure that what you've found can't be explained.
So there you have it, everything the CIA recommends for UFO hunters. Of course, following these rules is exactly what the government wants you to do. Cue X-Files theme.