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Demilitarizing America's Universities

Come to a student run teach-in Wednesday March 12th @ 7PM in Classroom Unit 1 at UCSC. Find out how America's Universities are in service of the warfare state, how UCSC exemplifies the academic-military partnership, how these forces are transforming the campus, and what you can do about it.
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Come to a student run teach-in Wednesday March 12th @ 7PM in Classroom Unit 1 at UCSC. Find out how America's Universities are in service of the warfare state, how UCSC exemplifies the academic-military partnership, how these forces are transforming the campus, and what you can do about it.
Since WWII, America's universities have become centers for research and development in service of the United States Military. In order to retain political and economic hegemony, the US relies heavily on military superiority, thus it becomes necessary for the Pentagon to have consistent access to the newest technologies and brightest scientists. America's universities are the centers of advanced technological breakthroughs, and it is by no accident that fields of study such as Engineering and Computer Science have become heavily funded by the US Department of Defense and America's weapons corporations.

54% of this year's federal budget for research and development will be distributed by the Defense sector. This is more than double the amount of money that will be spent on health research, and an obscene 29x the amount that will be spent on environmental research. The 58 billion dollars will be distributed to private corporations, research firms, and universities. $1.2 billion of these funds will be distributed to public and private universities through research grants.

How do universities get funding?

Researchers will often solicit funds from specific agencies they feel will find interest in the project they wish to study. University professors and researchers will write grants and submit them to various funding agencies, detailing the project and illuminating how it will benefit the funding agency. The agency that funds the project will have full access to the results of the study.

Sometimes agencies will target specific researchers when they need something specific developed. The fields of Computer Science and Engineering are so heavily targeted by these institutions because of the need of the US military to dominate the information sphere, technological combat, as well as the "conventional" battlespace.

Other than research, how else does the Defense Department benefit from University infiltration?

Military recruiting is heavy on college campuses. The DoD and weapons corporations are very often found at university job fairs, recruiting scientists and future military personnel. Hallways of science buildings are decorated with posters announcing National Defense Science and Engineering Scholarships, the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, and other DoD programs and events. Job recruitment literature is available at each department's dean's office, and when you sift through it you will most certainly find pamphlets enthusiastically advertising jobs and education opportunities in the Defense sector. Additionally, university investment portfolios usually include large amount of stock in America's weapons corporations. For example, the University of California retirement fund includes stock in Boeing, Raytheon, TRW, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin (as well as almost every major petroleum corporation).

How is UCSC in service of the US Military?

UCSC recieves millions of dollars every year to research technological combat systems. Research that is being conducted at the Baskin School of Engineering receives funding from agencies such as: Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National nuclear weapons Labs (which are managed by the UC), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and the Army Advanced Research Projects Agency.

This Wednesday, March 12th at 7PM come to classroom unit one at UCSC to find out more about the specific projects being conducted on this campus, how these projects are transforming the university, and what students are doing about it.
 
 


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