German Universities Take Pentagon Cash For Military Research

German Universities Take Pentagon Cash For Military Research

The entanglement of Germany in America’s so-called Global War On Terrorism is happening within academia.

CREECH AFB, Nev. -- A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech AFB during a local training mission here. The 42nd Attack Squadron currently operates the MQ-9. 7 August 2008. http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/090609-F-0000M-777.JPG | U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway. This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MQ-9_Reaper_-_090609-F-0000M-777.JPG
CREECH AFB, Nev. — A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech AFB during a local training mission here. The 42nd Attack Squadron currently operates the MQ-9. 7 August 2008. http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/090609-F-0000M-777.JPG | U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway. This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MQ-9_Reaper_-_090609-F-0000M-777.JPG

As the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reports (via thelocal.de), twenty-two German universities and research institutes have been taking more than €10 Mio. in research grants from the Pentagon since 2000.

Investigative reporting by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has found that while some Pentagon funding is going into basic research, a part is directed into military-related research projects. The Federation of German Scientists criticizes military research as unethical.

Among the universities that have accepted Pentagon funding are

  • University of Bremen
  • LMU Munich (military explosives)
  • Fraunhofer society (bullet-proof glass, explosives)
  • University of Marburg (navigation systems for drones and “steered munitions”

The wider German public has been rather critical of America’s wars since 2001, especially the invasion of Iraq under false pretences and the ongoing drone campaigns that terrorize civilian populations through so-called signature strikes.

Read more:

German universities use Pentagon research cash.” (Hannah Cleaver, The Local, 2013-11-25)

In German:

Geheimer Krieg: US-Militär finanziert deutsche Forscher.” (Süddeutsche.de, 25.11.2013)

Mehr zu den Recherchen der Süddeutschen Zeitung und des NDR in meinem Post hier.