Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science has struck a research deal with a division of the United States Army dedicated to enhancing capabilities for ground vehicles.

Those who dismissed DeLonge as a UFO-hunting conspiracy theorist have had to eat their words lately, especially after the U.S. Navy formally recognized objects seen in footage shared by DeLonge as "unidentified aerial phenomena." This time, it's the Army with their eyes on the former Blink-182 and current Angels and Airwaves member's work as Business Insider reports of the collaborative work now being done by To The Stars Academy and the Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command.

"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 (via Business Insider). "At the Army's Ground Vehicle Systems Center, we look forward to this partnership and the potential technical innovations forthcoming."

"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," added To The Stars Academy COO and Aerospace Division Director Steve Justice.

This deal is certainly good news for the Academy, which was reported to be $37 million in "deficit" that has been "attributed to stockholders' equity." That figure was first falsely reported as company debt, which they later clarified.

Over the summer, the Academy acquired material they claim is from an advanced aerospace vehicle of unknown origin. "The structure and composition of these materials are not from any known existing military or commercial application," said To The Stars Academy's Justice.

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