Sunday, November 24, 2013

Armor: U.S. military can conduct research at German universities - TIME ONLINE

The U.S. Defense Department has promoted German universities and research institutions with millions. It is also about research on explosives and drones.


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German universities and research institutions have in recent years from the budget of the U.S. Department of Defense funding of more than ten million dollar – get – around 7.4 million euros. A total of 22 universities and research institutes in Germany have benefited from it, reported the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the North German Radio. The facilities would have confirmed this.

money the U.S. military was flowed at universities, who are committed by a civil clause for peaceful research. Thus, the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich have received more than $ 470,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense in 2012 to improve military explosives. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft researched according to the report for the U.S. Army bullet-proof glass and warheads, the University of Marburg an orientation systems for drones and precision-guided munitions.


Other projects focus on basic research as well as with so-called dual-use research that can be used for civilian and military. Scientists at the University of the Saarland received in January 2013 more than $ 120,000 of Army Research Laboratory to explore the mathematical processing of language structures. Such models of language could be reflected for example in the development of monitoring technology. At the University of Frankfurt am Main financed the Department of the Air Force with just under $ 160,000, the study of earthquakes in Iran.

a violation of their civil clauses universities do not see clearly. So declared the University of Bremen, a U.S. funded satellite research project serves the basic research and is compatible with civil clause.

since 2000 have been involved, according to SZ at least 18 German universities on research projects, which has subsidized the Pentagon. The contracts are available for inspection in a U.S. public database and had a total volume of more than 9.4 million dollars. A Max Planck Institute, the Fraunhofer Society, the Alfred Wegener Institute and a Leibniz Institute received funds of the U.S. Department of Defense in the amount of $ 1,100,000 together.

SPD, Greens and Left in the Bundestag demanded in the NDR Info to make all collaborations transparent. “Universities are public institutions,” said the university policy spokesman for the SPD, Swen Schulz. “If they solicit external funding and cooperative ventures, the Company has a right to know with whom they cooperate, what is done and how much money goes.”

The Bavarian Ministry of Science announced loudly SZ with , it is to be welcomed if the universities would get external funding. Therefore, acquisition of money especially with the U.S. Department would however not specifically encouraged, even demanded.

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