On Thursday, To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA) posted a press release announcing their new partnership with the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command. This new development is sure to peak the interest of UFO researchers and defense analysts alike, as TTSA has made a name for itself as an organization that claims to champion government disclosure of information regarding UFOs, now increasingly referred to as UAPs or AAPs — short for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, respectively.
The agreement established between TTSA and the Army falls under the category of “cooperative research and development agreements,” which were first established under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980. The premise behind these Defense Department agreements is simple: they aim to expedite the use of commercially viable technologies for national defense applications. The companies entered into these agreements gain access to military laboratories and expertise while retaining the rights to their own patents, provided they license them to the government for their use.
“CRADAs are appropriate when ideas, staff, materials, and equipment are to be exchanged over a period of time for the purpose of collaboration and/or an invention may result. Funds may be provided to ARL under a CRADA,” the Army writes. In 2014, the Pentagon maintained 9,180 of these partnerships with private companies.
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