You may know them by their acronyms - MUFON, CAUS, NICAP, CUFOS, FUFOR etc. They are the various organisations that, in one way or another, purport to speak on behalf of ufology about the UFO phenomenon, or some aspect thereof. They have all done good, often overlooked, work.
Unfortunately, they're also part of the problem with contemporary ufology- there is no centralised organisation that has the authority to represent ufology to the mainstream.
What we have instead is a ufological "alphabet soup" similar to that found in the world of professional boxing, where the WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF etc all declare their own champion. What we need is a sort of "Ring Magazine" for ufology, ie. a respected group that can act as a sort of ufological supreme court, or federal government, or United Nations (take your pick).
This doesn't mean that all of the other organisations have to close up shop - far from it. It is time for ufology to adopt a federalist model. Let these various organisations all select a member from within their ranks to sit on the board of directors of, oh, I don't know, call it the World UFO Research and Advocacy Committee (WUFORAC). Elect an independent chair that does not belong to any of these organisations. Let WUFORAC serve as the spokesgroup for all of these other sub-groups. Let each sub-group contribute some money, and hire an executive director who can coordinate efforts and serve as a spokesperson for ufology. Put together an advisory group from outside the ranks of any of these organisations, made up of journalists, scientists, historians, maybe even politicians (after a while, it may happen) and others who can make a positive contribution, and let them referee any disputes as to cases, witnesses, evidence, etc.
Perhaps. But it's got to be better than the current situation. At the very least, let's start the discussion.
In short, let's move beyond the alphabet soup. Let's find a real champion for ufology, while there's still a ufology to champion.