Yesterday, we discussed two examples of how academics and corporations are collaborating with the military to producethe weapons which eventually end up in the hands of soldiers and the police.
A few weeks ago, the British magazine New Scientist published an article about how the Pentagon is searchingfor a new crowd control weapon, a non-lethal stink bomb. Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists–funded by themilitary–have joined forces to find a smell that will terrify people so much that they have no choice but to runfrom the scene.
And, the National Research Council has just published a new study, "Opportunities in Biotechnology for Future ArmyApplications." 17 scientists, from universities and private research centers, participated in the 118-page report.
Today, we’re going to talk about the history of academic collaboration with the military.
- David Noble, historian of science and technology at York University in Toronto, co-founder (with RalphNader) of the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest.