Antonio, the Founder and Director of the Aerial Phenomena, is a former US Army Counterintelligence Officer and Department of Defense Counterintelligence Special Agent. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Today, Antonio works for the science, technology and engineering firm Science Applications International Corp. (ISR & Space Operations) supporting several US Government clients in the Washington, DC area. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from The City University of New York and a Master’s of Science in Planetary Science from the American Public University. Additionally, Antonio is the Director and Founder of the Center for Planetary Science – a science outreach program bringing astronomy, planetary science, and astrophysics to the next generation of space explorers.
Antonio, moreover, is a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the National Capital Astronomers; is a graduate of the S2 Institute’s Florida Private Investigator Course; and has appeared in dozens of radio shows, webcasts, and cable TV interviews, including volunteer consulting work for the popular TV series Unsealed: The Alien Files. He is the author of Aerial Phenomena: Reviving Ufology for the 21st Century; and the director and producer for the documentary Area 51: A History of this Reclusive Base.
On his spare time, Antonio enjoys hunting, SCUBA diving, rock climbing, mountaineering, and sailing.
API is a worldwide UFO investigations team about the scientific investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as UAPs or UFOs). This team is about educating the public about UFOs and sharing Aerial Phenomena Investigation’s efforts to investigate and study the phenomena. For API, it’s not about confirmation of either true belief or dogmatic denial. We want to collaborate with like-minded groups to study these phenomena better, more openly and more thoroughly than has been done before. We don’t have all the answers, and neither does anyone else. That is why we investigate.
For the most part we are skeptical, but we don’t set out to debunk or belittle. It’s all about investigating the phenomena appropriately, and following the evidence where it leads without jumping to conclusions. We’re willing to admit when we’re stumped, and we’re able to take down bogus claims when a thorough investigation leads to conclude that claim is, in fact, bogus. But more importantly, we aim to educate, and to assist the public to understand the experiences they report to us.
Evidence of extraterrestrial life, after decades of research by many UFO groups, remains elusive as ever. The lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, unfortunately, has led UFOlogy to be synonymous with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, zombies, and the chupacabra. This unfortunate demise is a direct result of a once-worthy subject hijacked by a convergence of arm-chair UFO investigators, conspiracy theorists, hoaxers and the occasional cheesy photo of an alleged alien or flying saucer. By educating the public regarding what are UFOs, we hope we can transform this unique subject to a worthy discussion. Our team of trained UFO investigators, therefore, are not concerned where aliens, if they exist, come from or what their agenda might be. Additionally, our trained UFO investigators are not here to entertain the physics of interstellar travel or government conspiracies concerning UFOs. It is this mindset that makes our team unique and separates us from the traditional UFO organizations around the globe.