I read this book in the late 70s.
The book starts with the US undergoing a lot of strife and discontent, government was beleaguered and revolution seemed imminent. Some military and government officials secretly create a plan to thwart this: scientists from many disciplines are moved to a secret location, where they create outer-worldly materials and biological specimens, which will be used to stage an "alien" crash landing.
This crash landing would distract the agitators and revolutionaries, and people would unite to focus on possible alien attack or encounter.
The book was pretty detailed about the technology and the processes, and had a pretty nice ending. I seem to recall the the book had a banner on the cover stating, "Soon to be a major motion picture", although I do not think they ever released a movie based on this book.
Anyone know the title, author, etc.?