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Does Tom DeLonge have new information on UFOs? Find out Sunday

Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge is shown at his To the Stars headquarters in Encinitas.
Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge is shown at his To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences headquarters in Encinitas.
(Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)

The blink-182 co-founder, armed with five-year agreement with U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command, aims high

Is Tom DeLonge ready to take off again with his To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, the Encinitas company he launched in 2017 to explore the “outer edges of science” and UFOs in particular?

The answer may come this weekend during Metaverse, a four-day online “alternate digital universe” pop-culture event that begins Thursday. DeLonge, who rose to fame with the San Diego punk-pop trio blink-182 and now heads the band Angels & Airwaves, will lead a 9:30 a.m. PST Sunday panel discussion.

The panel is titled “Can blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Uncover U.S. Government UFO Secrets?” He will be joined by his To The Stars’ colleague Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Pentagon’s UFO program and a retired Army counterintelligence special agent.

Metaverse, which is being staged by the same company that produces New York Comic Con, can be viewed free of charge online at youtube.com/NYCC.

A To The Stars representative told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday that some of the topics DeLonge and Elizondo will discuss include the organization’s latest research and continued work regarding unidentified aerial phenomena.

DeLonge and Elizondo will also talk about “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” now in its second season on TV’s History Channel. The series, executive produced by DeLonge, features Elizondo and former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Christopher Mellon, one of To The Stars’ most prominent advisers.

Elizondo and DeLonge won’t lack for other intriguing topics Sunday, should they choose to include them.

In June, DeLonge posted on social media that To The Stars had succeeded in its quest to have language regarding unidentified aerial phenomena added to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Authorization Act. If passed, the act would change how the government reports and conceals classified information about UFOs and related topics.

Last October, the for-profit To The Stars began a five-year, $750,000 cooperative research and development agreement with the United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. The goal is “to advance To The Stars Academy’s materiel and technology innovations in order to develop enhanced capabilities for Army ground vehicles.”

In a statement issued at the time, Dr. Joseph Cannon of U.S. Army Futures Command said: “Our partnership with To The Stars Academy serves as an exciting, nontraditional source for novel materials and transformational technologies to enhance our military ground system capabilities. At the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, we look forward to this partnership and the potential technical innovations forthcoming.”

Steve Justice, To The Stars’ COO and Aerospace Division Director, noted in the same statement 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. ...”

The announcement of the partnership followed the mid-2019 launch of To The Stars’ ADAM (Acquisition & Data Analysis of Materials) Research Project. The academic program will explore exotic material samples from UFO fragments that the DeLonge-led academy has acquired.

In the meantime, DeLonge is at work on new music with Angels & Airwaves, the band he co-leads with San Diego drum wiz Ilan Rubin, who is also a member of Nine Inch Nails.


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