[act-ma] 11/13, The Militarization of the University: 6:30pm (Thurs)

James in Cambridge tompaine at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 8 15:44:20 PST 2014

Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:53:16 -0500
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Subject: The Militarization of the University: Nov 13, 6:30pm



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Thursday, November 13



Contradictory U.S. Roles in the Development and  
Control of Biological Weapons  
~ Professor Jonathan King
U.S. role in the development and  control of biological weapons has been murky. Professor King will review  the first roller coaster phase of BW regulation beginning with the  Nixon and Reagan administrations. Professor King will then address  events following  9/11: the US lobbying to weaken the Biological Weapons  Convention (BWC) and the transformation of US programs by the  Department of Homeland Security, including funding distribution to  medical schools and microbiology departments. The BU lab is the natural  local example.
How the Pentagon Funds University Research  
~ Subrata Ghoshroy
The marriage of science and the  military was forged in the crucible of the Manhattan Project that  developed the atomic bomb in 1945. It has thrived for seven decades  after the end of WWII - throughout the Cold War, and now a quarter  century after its end. The Pentagon spends $80 billion annually for research and  development of weapons. It gives a total of about $12 billion of that  amount to the universities. As the Cold War paradigm of maintaining  technological superiority over the Soviet Union remains unchanged, so  does the dependence of the universities on the Pentagon. Unbeknownst to  most people, the inevitable militarization of science continues with  ramifications for science and the larger society, and for war and  peace. 












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