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MIT Complicity With U.S. War Machine (english)
20 Mar 2003
Update on MIT Complicity With U.S. War Machine
On June 12, 2002, an MIT faculty committee which was chaired by Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Trustee Sheila Widnall released a report which stated: "There exist several organizations that can provide access to classified facilities to enable MIT faculty to carry out the classified portions of their research. The most prominent of these is MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, but several other organizations could also provide such access.

"The management and oversight of Lincoln Laboratory are major components of the public service that MIT carries out for the nation...MIT should continue its active management of Lincoln Laboratory to insure that...Lincoln Laboratory provides an environment that enables faculty to do research with
national security implications.

"MIT and its faculty have ongoing relations with a number of independentdefense-supported research laboratories such as Draper Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, Natick Army Laboratory and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. These facilities offer opportunities to strengthen our activities in research that have application to national security. In particular, MIT should strengthen its relationship with Draper Laboratory and have access to Draper as an off-site facility for research and administrative support for faculty requiring access to classified material...

"MIT currently undertakes classified research at Lincoln Laboratory...

"We estimate that there might be as many as seventy-five members of the MIT faculty who currently hold security clearnaces...

"Draper Laboratory has maintained a close relationship with MIT. Draper is located near the MIT Campus. The facility maintains a dual classification structdure. Small secured areas are maintained for classified projects...Several faculty members utilize Draper to access classified documents...The Laboratory generally supports some 50 to 60 Draper Fellows (MIT graduate students co-supervised by MIT Faculty and MIT-appointed Draper personnel) and awards about two million dollars a year to universities for research with about 85% going to MIT...

"It is not too hard to imagine a future Lincoln Laboratory-like entity
conducting classified biologically related research in the Boston area..."

The 12th-largest recipient of U.S. Air Force war research contracts in recent years has been MIT--the "Military's Institute of Technology." Two MIT employees presently sit on the board of trustees of the Pentagon's weapons research think-tank, the Institute for Defense Analyses, which played a major role in developing the weapons of mass murder technology that is presently being used in Iraq by the U.S. war machine. For more information about the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)'s current weapons research work, you can check out the IDA web site at
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