Antonio Paris, Director and Founder:
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 member of the Board of Advisers for the International Space Agency; and has appeared in dozens of radio shows, webcasts, and cable TV interviews, including 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 popular documentary Area 51: A History of this Reclusive Base.
On his spare time, Antonio enjoys SCUBA diving, rock climbing, mountaineering, and sailing.