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.
TTSA did not divulge what projects specifically they’re working on or what has drawn the Army‘s interest, but they did provide a laundry list of potential endeavors that admittedly sound a bit like science fiction. They wrote:
TTSA’s technology solutions, which leverage developments in material science, space-time metric engineering, quantum physics, beamed energy propulsion, and active camouflage, have the potential to enhance survivability and effectiveness of multiple Army systems. TTSA will share its discoveries with Ground Vehicle System Center (GVSC) and Ground Vehicle Survivability and Protection (GVSP) and the U.S. Army shall provide laboratories, expertise, support, and resources to help characterize the technologies and its applications.
Space-time metric engineering, for instance, involves faster-than-light travel in a similar sense to warp drives and wormholes depicted in popular culture. Beamed energy propulsion is a concept that involves using stationary, high-powered lasers to propel an advancing space craft using something similar to light-sail technology. Technically speaking, this method of propulsion would lend itself to slow acceleration but extremely high top-speeds (even reaching fractions of the speed of light). Active camouflage, as depicted in movies like “Predator,” utilizes advanced optical sensors and displays to help blend in with one’s environment. All of these technologies may sound like they’d be more at home on the silver screen than in an Army R&D facility, but the truth is, these technologies are all already subjects of serious development efforts in tech firms around the world.
“Our partnership with TTSA serves as an exciting, non-traditional source for novel materials and transformational technologies to enhance our military ground system capabilities,” said Dr. Joseph Cannon of U.S. Army Futures Command per TTSA’s press release. “At the Army‘s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, we look forward to this partnership and the potential technical innovations forthcoming.”
SOFREP contacted the Army‘s Combat Capabilities Development Command and were able to confirm that this agreement is in the process of becoming finalized. It won’t be “official” until both parties sign the full 26-page agreement.
The inference some in the TTSA camp have made on social media since this announcement is that the organization, which is led by former Blink 182 front man turned UFO researcher Tom DeLonge, plans to use unusual materials they’ve recovered from alien crashes to help advance military and commercial technologies. This idea is in keeping with statements made by DeLonge in recent months and with the general marketing campaigns the organization has conducted — but thus far, there has been no real evidence to suggest that DeLonge and co. really do posses alien materials of any kind.
“As far as the materials– the Army‘s interest is in the potential for novel materials and exploring the edges of materials science, any speculation as to their origin is (pardon the pun) immaterial.” Halleaux told SOFREP. “Our team is always excited to look at something new, whether it’s materials or technologies, capabilities or processes.”
Some questions have been raised about the credibility of some of TTSA’s claims in recent months — including Pentagon assertions that another high profile member of the organization, Luis Elizondo, may have lied about his involvement in the Pentagon’s own UFO/AAP investigation efforts.
According to Elizondo, who serves as the TTSA’s Director of Global Security and Special Programs and appeared along with DeLonge in the History Channel series, “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” he served as the head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) until he resigned in protest in 2017 over a lack of resources being allocated to what he deemed a legitimate threat. Since then, however, the Pentagon has disputed Elizondo’s claims.
AATIP “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena,” Pentagon spokesperson Christopher Sherwood told The Intercept. However, he added: “Mr. Elizondo had no responsibilities with regard to the AATIP program while he worked in OUSDI [the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence], up until the time he resigned effective 10/4/2017.”
“Hi John – Thanks for reaching out,” DeLonge wrote to Greenewald. “The program was initially run out of [the Defense Intelligence Agency] but when Lue took it over in 2010 as Director, he ran it out of the Office for the Secretary of Defense (OSD) under the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI). Hope that clarifies.”
At various points, TTSA and DeLonge himself have promised earth-shattering revelations that, thus far, have not yet come to fruition — but this new partnership is already stoking new fires of belief, as some contend that this partnership wouldn’t exist if TTSA didn’t have some legitimate technology to offer. Earlier this year, TTSA did announce their acquisition of “multiple pieces of metamaterials and an archive of initial analysis and research for their controversial ADAM Research Project. ADAM, an acronym for Acquisition and Data Analysis of Materials, is an academic research program focused on the exploitation of exotic materials for technological innovation.”
Is this new partnership a sign that DeLonge’s firm really does possess material recovered from alien spacecraft? Is it instead a powerful bit of PR tied to less exotic developments? Like so much regarding this subject, it seems the only way to find out for sure is to wait and see.
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