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On Army Deals, Metamaterials and the UFO Group That Never Was: The (Confusing) Saga of TTSA so Far

2019 has turned out to be the year with most TTSA-related developments, ever since their official launch in October of 2017. In the Summer they released Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, a six-part TV series produced by The History Channel and showcasing Luis Elizondo, which –among other things– provided more information on the UFO sightings by US Navy pilots in 2004 and 2014-2015; encounters involving expert observers with impeccable credentials, thanks to which Tom DeLonge’s brainchild organization has been mentioned on news outlets from all across the world [to read our own review of the series click here]. 

Shortly prior to the release of the show, an article on Politico alerted that the Navy was “issuing new guidelines” on how their pilots and personnel could report sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena; a move that seemed directly influenced by TTSA’s discreet lobbying, and their secret Congressional briefings inside the corridors of Washington. However, a later article by The New York Times quoted Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher, who clarified this was just an update from previous protocols issued back in 2015 to the Navy fleet. 

Furthermore, these guidelines are to be remained classified and are exempt from FOIA release, so it follows that any new reports made by Navy personnel will also be kept away from public scrutiny. If the new guidelines was a direct result of TTSA’s involvement, as they bragged at the time on social media, we could safely conclude their strategy completely backfired –if their objective was aimed at more transparency on UFO military encounters, that is…

This “one step forward, two steps back” has become something of a recurrent theme for TTSA. Just a day after the premiere of Unidentified, for example, an article by Keith Kloor for The Intercept put into question whether Elizondo had indeed been the director of AATIP, the secret Pentagon program put together at the behest of former majority leader Senator Harry Reid. Kloor’s piece unleashed an on-going strife between TTSA supporters and those who are skeptical about the organization’s agenda, and to this day no definitive statement issued by the Pentagon which –would settle the matter one way or the other– has been officially released; the fact that official military news outlets like The Navy Times refers to Elizondo as someone who “claims to have spearheaded the AATIP” is quite telling.

Another seeming victory turned sour for TTSA was the Navy’s official admittance that the FLIR, Gimbal and Go-Fast videos are real and do indeed show unidentified flying objects, BUT the Navy also made it clear, through their spokesman Gradisher, that  those videos were never intended for public release the way TTSA and Elizondo initially claimed.

The new –and controversial– development that brings TTSA back in the news cycle came on October 17th, when they announced a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Army  that would seek to “enhance the capabilities of Army ground vehicles” by using some of the alleged UFO metal fragments obtained by TTSA through their ADAM research project

“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.

“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. “At the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, we look forward to this partnership and the potential technical innovations forthcoming.”

Steve Justice, TTSA’s COO and Aerospace Division Director added that, “This cooperative research agreement brings additional, critically important expertise that is necessary to advance the state-of-the-art in both our near and long-term technology areas of study. While the Army has specific military performance interests in the research, much of the work is expected to have dual-use application in support of TTSA’s path to commercialization and public benefit mission.””

So what exactly are we talking about here, when we read the Army is interested in the ‘novel materials’ gathered by TTSA? Anti-gravity tanks? Invisible Humvees?? To better understand the Army’s interest in what TTSA may have to offer to them, first we need to learn the kind of technical advances the Military is more interested in, in terms of how they have a chance to directly or indirectly affect future warfare. A paper written by Michael E. O’Hanlon –a Brookings Institute analyst– intended to forecast the changes in military technology for the next 20 years (2020-2040), indicates that while advances in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing are expected to dramatically change the future theaters of war, “[s]ome other areas of technology, perhaps most notably directed energy systems, hypersonic missiles, and certain types of advanced materials [emphasis mine], could play important supplemental roles in making the next two decades a true period of military revolution, or at least of very fast and ongoing rapid transformation.”

“[I]t may be useful to offer a brief word on some new materials that can go into the construction of various weapons platforms. Consider two broad categories—nanomaterials and “bespoke” materials. A recent survey of experts in materials found that so-called bespoke materials, exquisitely designed to have very specific chemical and atomic structures and compositions, are probably not on the horizon as major components of key military systems in a major way before 2040.

Nanomaterials, with dimensions on the order of one-billionth of a meter, are somewhat more significant and promising. They are already in use in some applications. Their promise is greatest in improving the power of explosives, the strength of materials, and the storage capacity of batteries. They may also be useful in manufacturing compounds at the molecular level through nanorobotics techniques. The degree to which they are introduced in widespread applications may be constrained by cost and other challenges associated with manufacturing them in large amounts. But they will likely improve the performance of certain types of capabilities—explosives, body armor, high performance batteries—by as much as 50 to 100 percent, where cost considerations are not prohibitive.136 Indeed, since their invention in 1991, lithium-ion batteries have continued to make rapid strides, and that progress will likely continue, largely as a result of the availability of such materials.”

An interview with Jacques Vallee in which he described the isotopic ratio of the “UFO slag” he and his colleagues have independently analyzed –Vallee has never been associated to TTSA, but Garry Nolan used to be– suggests these metals had been “re-engineered” at the molecular level; which would fit the description of the ‘bespoke’ materials mentioned by O’Hanlon in his paper. Perhaps Ben Soave and Dr. Joseph Cannon –the two main CRADA administrators named in the official cooperation agreement obtained by The Black Vault— once saw those old “Unsolved Mysteries” episodes about the Roswell crash, in which they showed that indestructible ‘tinfoil’ the flying saucer was supposedly made of, and were convinced by the credentials of TTSA’s board of directors, that their gathered materials could have the potential to revolutionize US military hardware, in a field in which much innovation wasn’t expected for at least the next 20 years. 

*If* these “meta-materials” happen to be the genuine article, that is; seeing how their chain of custody is rather tenuous (as it has been investigated by other researchers), and there are also allegations that some of the samples purchased by TTSA –at a VERY steep price– ended up being nothing but common bismuth. Yet even if they are true UFO artifacts, there would still be no guarantee that such materials could be used to improve the Army’s ground systems the way they expect –we’ll get back to that later…

Although it is reported that the Army “will make a $750,000 commitment to TTSA research as part of the five-year collaboration,” in the original legal paper obtained by The Black Vault what we read instead is that the partnership between the Army and TTSA will not benefit the latter financially —“Government will not provide any federal or other funds to the Collaborator [read: TTSA] under this CRADA”— unless they manage to obtain any patents from their joint research. So that means what TTSA gets out of this deal is not really money, but access to the Army’s laboratories and research facilities. In fact, TTSA may end up paying the government cost/fees out of this collaboration during their performing of “assessments, testing and characterization of [TTSA’s] technologies, such as but not limited to inertial mass reduction [so, anti-gravity tanks after all!] mechanical/structural metamaterials, electromagnetic metamaterial waveguides, quantum physics, quantum communications and beamed energy propulsion.” 

The agreement is also not clear on whether TTSA will be at liberty to disclose (see what I did there?) any possible breakthrough made by the Army labs, due to issues of National Security; something which will probably send yet another moral blow to their fans, who are probably questioning whether a plan to reveal the existence of ETs to the world, in order to unite humanity and lift us out of our current state of barbaric violence, involves helping the US Army make better weapons with alien tech…

The fact of the matter is that TTSA has always been Gung-ho and supportive of the Military Industrial Complex –you know, the same baddies Ike warned us about during his farewell speech? By his own admittance, DeLonge went knocking on the doors of the MIC offering his PR services to help them improve their image among Millennials. And his quotes gathered by Redditors reveal how he is wholly on board with American exceptionalism, believing the US was helped during WWII by “good aliens” –whereas all American enemies are manipulated by “the bad aliens” (duh). Some of those quotes were given by DeLonge before the launch of TTSA, and since then it’s clear the former Blink 182 founder has received coaching lessons so he veers away from statements that are too controversial –remember that disastrous interview with Joe Rogan?

But getting back to the new CRADA agreement, in the 27 pages of the legal document there is zero mention of UFOs or even the more sanitized acronym UAPs. Is this part of some strategy to give TTSA a veneer of legitimacy in the eyes of future investors, by downplaying its involvement with the UFO phenomenon? Another sign of apparent ‘whitewashing’ can be seen on two recent Tweets posted by DeLonge, in which he reminds his followers that TTSA is “not really a UFO research group.” 

WAIT WHAT?? The same company that was created under the banner that “the phenomenon *is* real,” that released a 6-part TV series showing one of his members interviewing UFO witnesses –a.k.a. RESEARCHING– and that recently released a biography of none other than “cosmic whistleblower” Bob Lazar, and now they are claiming all of that doesn’t really make them a “UFO research group”?? That’s like saying Liberace was not really gay, since he never officially came out of the closet –I guess anyone is allowed to really, REALLY like sequined tuxedos and chiffon shirts without raising a few suspicions about their sexual orientation, amiright

TTSA fans have loyally supported every statement issued by DeLonge and TTSA until now, but judging by the backlash caused by Tom’s tweets, perhaps he’s gone a bit too far this time? Disclosure advocates jumped into the TTSA bandwagon in the first place, because they thought they had finally found the perfect instrument which would bring UFOs to mainstream legitimacy: They were OK with switching the culturally loaded acronym for the antiseptic “UAP” –the same way civilian research groups switched “flying saucers” for “UFOs” following the Air Force’s lead– and they agreed that rather than wasting time figuring out the origin of these objects —“they could still be Chinese or from another foreign enemy,” Chris Mellon loves repeating during interviews, so the public don’t get obsessed with little gray men– it was better to focus on their superior aerodynamic capabilities, in order to convince Washington they constitute a “genuine threat”; they also reluctantly acquiesced to concentrate solely on the technological aspects of the mystery, while leaving behind many other aspects of the phenomenon that also interest them –the psychic component and abductions. 

After how much they have conceded in order to get UFO Disclosure by “any means necessary,” will their supporters keep making concessions to DeLonge and his “advanced aerospace, science and entertainment consortium,” or will they finally say enough is enough and demand straight answers?

 And I know the “young guns” really hate it when old timers like yours truly quote passages of UFO history to illustrate current events, but the fact of the matter is that the strategy to study UFOs by way of disregarding the larger questions the phenomenon poses, in order to “crack the code” to the alien tech, is not exactly new. In his Forbidden Science personal journals that currently span four decades, Jacques Vallee had many discussions with government insiders, who were just as interested as he was to learn whether there was a “secret UFO group” operating clandestinely somewhere. Vallee and his associates never managed to get any concrete answers, but it was evident that everybody in the government was under the impression such a group existed –yet it was run by somebody else! 

The few instances in which Vallee learned concrete information on covert UFO programs, he was disappointed to discover these operations were pathetically short in scope: Not really interested in the phenomenon itself, but only worried about the way UFOs impacted their secret programs. Other studies which were carried out by private companies, focused solely on figuring out the UFO propulsion system, but went nowhere (sounds familiar?). During a conversation with Doctor Richard Niemtzow –a medical MD who is a retired Air Force Colonel and an expert in radiation treatment– in August of 1988, they discussed the study secretly carried out by McDonnell Douglas during the 1960’s; according to Niemtzow, All they got were some pieces of metal [emphasis mine] and they couldn’t learn anything from the analysis, it was futile. Of course, being an aircraft company, they thought they would quickly crack the design, the propulsion system…”

We could argue that modern Science has made sufficient advances in material analysis, spectroscopy and electronic microscope imaging, so that whatever eluded the McDonnell scientists could now be discovered by the Army labs. Leaving aside the question of why the Army would then NEED the TTSA samples –wouldn’t it be better to obtain such materials from credited military contractors like McDonnell or others?– I’d still posit the endeavor of figuring out the “secrets of alien tech” is doomed to fail unless you appraise the phenomenon in toto. 

Consider the following analogy: A caveman is roaming a prehistoric forest in search of game, when suddenly he stumbles upon a shiny object on the ground; he lifts it off and discovers that it’s an incredibly thin disk with a hole in the middle, made of a slick material he’d never seen before, and that by turning this strange object in his hand luminous streaks like the rainbow appear on its surface. Our caveman immediately understands this mysterious object is no ordinary thing, and takes it back to his tribe; perhaps he will give it to the old shaman, who might decide to wear it around his neck as a symbol of the gods; or maybe the chieftain will choose to smash it into a dozen pieces, and the shards will be gathered to make shiny spearheads for the best hunters. Whatever the case, our hypothetical cavemen will never be able to figure out the true purpose behind this “gift from the gods” (a compact disk) which is to store information –not unless the had the “right equipment” to play it…

On a recent interview on Radio Misterioso, long-time experiencer and author Whitley Strieber commented on how these UFO fragments are not just inert pieces of metal; “they speak to you,” the author of Communion explained to host Greg Bishop. Could it be perhaps that the real purpose behind the strange isotopic ratio of these artifacts, is not to endow them with superior resistance to high temperatures, or create a impenetrable armor –the kind of properties the Army would be interested in order to make a “better spearhead”– but are instead intended to contain information that cannot be detected by our present instruments, but might be picked up by a few sensitive individuals with a functioning “psychic CD player” inside their heads?

And if that is the case –and YES, this is pure speculation on my part– then what are the precautions taken by TTSA and the Army for the proper handling of such materials? In our age when we encounter something we believe is part of advanced technology, we worry about radiological or bacteriological contamination; technicians use Geiger counters and/or hazmat suits in order to protect them when they come in contact with unknown materials.

But what about psychic contamination?

Every powerful technology has its backlash: Internal combustion brought us smog and atmospheric pollution. Atomic energy brought us radioactivity and the threat of mutual assured annihilation. So what would be the backlash of UFO technology? A disruption in the fabric of Reality itself?

Of course, such a thing would never cross the minds of people who are only interested in approaching the UFO phenomenon from a XXIst century scientific paradigm [read: Materialist]. In which case I wish them the best of luck, hoping the rumors Vallee heard over the years about some people going insane after coming in contact with UFO fragments [Forbidden Science 2, page 188] are totally unfounded! And even if such fears are probably exaggerated, both TTSA and the Army should do well in heeding his words before wasting a lot of money trying to make a shiny spearhead out of an alien CD:

“It is at the level of multiple universes and control systems of consciousness that the UFO phenomenon becomes scientifically interesting, not at the simplistic level of a search for the “propulsion system” of UFOs. The technology we are witnessing may not be based on what we understand today as propulsion.”

As for TTSA, will they continue to shift gears and force their fans to jump mental hoops over an over, until they can deliver them to the promised Disclosure land? Will Tom DeLonge do a complete Bill Cooper move one day, claiming he never believed in UFOs to begin with, and it was all part of a plot to confuse America’s enemies? Hey, stranger things have happened in UFO-land, my friends –but you only learn about them if you pay attention to the past.

  1. Whatever TTSA is really about, alien spacecraft are merely the meme it’s hung it’s hat on.

    The only credibility it has is as a scheme to make money. And it has shown it will morph itself into any configuration it can in order to continue to do so.

    Covertly, it very well might be a self-funding intelligence community operation – one with a singular focus that’s off-shore not off-world.

    1. Yeah, they may have multiple covert agendas put together by more than one government agency.

      I’m not sure how much of a cash cow TTSA will turn out to be, though. I think people overestimate the amount of money one can make out of exploiting these topics; maybe enough for a few peddlers of outlandish stories to live more or less comfortably by working the lecture circuit, but not enough to keep a “consortium” like TTSA in the black.

      …Then again, I suddenly remember that Ancient Aliens is on its uptenth season on History…

  2. Was listening to John Greenwald’s (TheBlackVault) and Daniel Liszt’s (The Dark Journalist) take on this, and have to agree: looks like a obfuscation covered in a psyop wrapped in disinfo.
    Just don’t know if DeLonge and Elizondo are just stooges, and who are all the real players (behind the scenes) muddling the waters.
    But the whole series of lies, misdirection, denials, not-talking, giving out false information, conflicting comments, FOIAs still coming up short on may key issues, etc. show that this looks like just another repeat of UFO disinformation campaign by whoever that is.

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