HIBEX ABM system test video/motion picture footage

Joseph Durso filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
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From: Joseph Durso


Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following records:

Video or motion picture footage of the test launches of the HIBEX experimental anti-ballistic missile.

I believe these launches were conducted in connection with Department of Defense missile defense and or research elements, likely at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the mid-1960s.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

If there are fees, I would appreciate your informing me of the charges prior to fulfilling my request. I am attempting to acquire reproductions of these records at the highest resolution/quality possible. If found records are not already in digital format, I would greatly appreciate your contacting me to discuss what formats reproductions can be made available in.

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance with this.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joseph Durso

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

April 8, 2019


I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
of March 20, 2019, for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration, specifically regarding motion picture footage of
the test launches of the HIBEX experimental anti-ballistic missile. Your
request was received in this office on March 26, 2019 and assigned FOIA
case number *RD 60749*.

While I was unable to find any motion picture records through our
searchable metadata that specifically reference the HIBEX missile, there
are several other recordings in the custody of the National Archives that
may possibly be relevant to your search. Please see the attached
spreadsheet for the titles and citations of those records. Most of the
material we have is unclassified, but there are a few recordings that would
require further review by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense (those
highlighted in yellow on the spreadsheet). If you are interested in
viewing any of those films, you would need to file a separate FOIA request
with the specific film citations you are interested in, after which time
the declassification process will be initiated and you will be notified.
If you are interested only in viewing the unclassified film, no further
FOIA action is necessary on your part; these films are open to the public
and available for viewing at our research facility in College Park. If no
reference viewing copies are currently available for certain films on the
list provided, reference requests would need to be submitted in person,
either by you, your representative, or one of the professional researchers
who work on-site in the research room. If none of the film titles on the
attached list are relevant to your search, I apologize that we could not be
of more assistance.

We do not consider this response a denial under the Freedom of Information
Act. However, if you are not satisfied with our action on this request,
your options for appeal and dispute resolution are outlined in the attached
enclosure. You may appeal, in writing, within 90 days of the date of this
letter. Address your appeal to the Deputy Archivist of the United States,
National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park,
Maryland, 20740, and explain why you think our search does not meet the
requirements of the FOIA. Please indicate that yours is a FOIA appeal and
refer to your case number on both the envelope and the letter.
Alternatively, you may e-mail your appeal to foia@nara.gov. Please note
"Freedom of Information Act appeal" in the subject line of your e-mail and
be sure to include your case number.

This concludes the processing of your request.
Best regards,

Michael Taylor

Archivist – Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch

Special Media Archives Services Division (RDSM)

National Archives at College Park