Luis Elizondo is a former employee of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI). He currently serves as Director of Global Security and Special Programs at To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.
Elizondo headed the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) until the program was defunded. AATIP was a $22 million special access program initiated by the Defense Intelligence Agency in order to study Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), also known as UFOs. Elizondo also claims that the government has recovered "metal alloys and other materials" from these objects. According to the Pentagon, the AATIP program was cancelled in 2012.
Elizondo claims he resigned from OUSDI after expressing his concern of what he called "bureaucratic challenges and inflexible mindsets" in all levels of the Department. In his resignation letter, Elizondo wonders why "certain individuals in the Department remain staunchly opposed to further research" of "unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond next generation capabilities" despite numerous accounts by the United States Navy and other Services. Elizondo asserts that "underestimating or ignoring these potential threats is not in the best interest of the Department no matter the level of political contention." 
In April 2019, the Navy acknowledged that it was drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft." Elizondo called this policy decision "the single greatest decision the Navy has made in decades."
A six-part History Channel series titled Unidentified: Inside America’s U.F.O. Investigation features Elizondo and others affiliated with AATIP. Executive producer Tom DeLonge told the New York Daily News that he left his band Blink-182 because he wanted to focus on "setting up the foundations to create a vehicle for the disclosure of the UFO phenomenon". "In sum, DeLonge claims that he is the military’s chosen vessel for UFO disclosure."
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- "Interview with 'Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation' with former Special Agent Luis Elizondo". We Are The Mighty. 2019-05-28. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
- Peter Sblendorio (May 27, 2019). "UFOs are coming, and rocker Tom DeLonge is ready". New York Daily News.
- Keith Kloor (June 1, 2019). "The Media Loves This UFO Expert Who Says He Worked for an Obscure Pentagon Program. Did He?". The Intercept.
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