War Industry Muster: U.S. Academia Aiding & Abetting the Pentagon

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NOTE: This accounting only weighs the contracts issued on DOD’s website over the past three years. This accounting does not consider: the Department of Energy’s National Labs; U.S. military staff colleges (like the National Defense University and the Naval War College); and clandestine Pentagon funding of Washington, D.C., think tanks.

On 23 May 2016, the Pentagon paid Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) $8.9 million for “basic and applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program.”

According to the contract announcement, “this research will provide next-generation algorithms and cutting edge fundamental research to solve difficult scientific problems, such as low-resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging that are typically encountered during aerial and biometric surveillance.

“UROPA-TSI will combine existing and emerging technologies to dramatically, but unobtrusively, increase the safety, speed and efficiency of biometric surveillance and identification.

Work is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA (60%); East Lansing, MI (13%); Warminster, PA (11%); La Jolla, CA (8%); Menlo Park, CA (6%); and Morgantown, WV (2%).

Many other U.S. universities support the U.S. military. Some of these universities include…

University of Alabama

  • (at) Birmingham
    • clinical research support to guide 17a-ethynylestradiol-3-sulfate, sodium salt (EE-3-SO4) through FDA investigational new drug submission and good clinical practice compliant Phase 1a and potentially 1b clinical trials for an indication as a viable infusion therapy for the treatment of critical patients with significant blood loss; issued 16 September 2015
  • (at) Huntsville
    • engineering on Advanced Weapon System & Manufacturing Technologies; issued 2 September 2014
    • Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (mission support) for weapon systems, sub-systems, components and manufacturing technology; issued 16 September 2015

The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

  • work on Phase 3 of DARPA’s Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program; issued 26 August 2015;

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Software Engineering Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • R&D requirements for non-DOD work in support of classified and unclassified missions, and work on software programs; issued 27 March 2015
  • operate the Software Engineering Institute (Pittsburgh, PA); issued 27 July 2015
  • the contract we discussed at the start: basic & applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program; issued 23 May 2016

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)

  • R&D services for DARPA, re: getting feeling and function back after amputation and surgery à work at contractor’s facilities in Ohio (40%); and four subcontractor facilities in MN, RI, CA, IL (60%); issued 31 March 2016

Charles Stark Draper Laboratories

  • Trident II (D5) engineering, upgrades, R&D, maintenance …
    • 30 September 2014
    • 9 February 2015
      • MK 6 Guidance System Repair Program w failure verification, test, repair, and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules à work in Pittsfield, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Clearwater, FL; Cambridge, MA
    • 15 December 2015
      • guidance subsystems & reentry systems
        • work in Cambridge, MA (95%); Pittsfield, MA (3%); El Segundo, CA (2%)
      • 21 March 2016
        • MK 6 guidance system production with failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules à work in Minneapolis, MN (28%); Clearwater, FL (26%); Cambridge, MA (24%); Pittsfield, MA (22%); (similar to 9 Feb 2015 contract)
      • develop comprehensive software architecture for extracting semantic artifacts from large software corporate and represent these artifacts in a multi-representational database capable of answering both complex graph queries as well as matrix-based queries; issued 6 October 2014
      • R&D on special ISR components and systems; issued 14 April 2015 for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana
      • R&D to counteract asymmetrical threats; issued 18 September 2015
        • other organizations listed on the contract included: BAE, Booz Allen Hamilton, Exelis, Georgia Tech, Leidos, more…
          • tells us the R&D is heavy into computer software & electronic based intelligence capabilities
        • support of the Controlled Technical Services (CTS) program for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division; CTS program requires development of miniaturized multi-chip processors and other related technologies, while maintaining system functionality; issued 14 March 2016

University of Dayton Research Institute (Dayton, OH)

  • propulsion R&D for AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate; issued 1 July 2014; core areas:
    • gas turbine engines
    • energy, aerospace power & thermal management
    • advanced propulsion
  • R&D developing nondestructive technology (including where/how it can be applied); issued 18 July 2014
  • advanced behavior & life prediction of aerospace materials program; R&D advancing state-of-the-art materials performance assessment and prediction capability by developing more efficient and comprehensive methods across modeling, simulation and experimental domains; issued 29 September 2014
  • fundamental and applied combustion and component research; issued 24 June 2015
  • R&D on synthesizing organic matrix composites constituents, new integrated composite materials, computational tools for processing science, data management and multiscale modeling à work at Wright-Patterson AFB; issued 7 April 2016

University of Dayton Research Institute (Dayton, OH) and UES Inc. (Dayton, OH)

  • additional research in the areas of power, energy and thermal technologies; issued 17 May 2016

University of Delaware (Newark, DE)

  • DARPA research project under the Tailorable Feedback and Forming (TFF) Program; TFF aims to develop the manufacturing of small (20 pounds or under) DOD composite parts at costs competitive to metal using a new composite material format and novel reconfigurable forming/molding processes that enable fabrication of multiple part configurations à work in Newark, DE (65%); Blacksburg, VA (7%); Philadelphia, PA (15%); and Clemson, SC (13%); issued 11 March 2016

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. (Atlanta, GA) / GT Research Institute

  • NAVAIR Engineering & Analysis support; issued 25 July 2014
    • work on airborne, ground, and naval electronic detection, protection, and guidance devices
  • radar R&D; issued 22 September 2014
  • Air National Guard Developmental Engineering for Integrated Sensors
    • threat system modeling and simulation roadmaps; investment studies; issued 26 September 2014
  • Advanced Automated Tactical Communications aircraft and electronic warfare system testing and engineering; issued 29 September 2014
  • Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor R&D; issued 30 September 2014
    • electronic warfare work (across multiple sensor spectrums)
  • Electronic Warfare / Sensor Technology, Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Research program; issued 25 November 2014
    • helps USAF countermeasures, information warfare, and electronic warfare
  • combustion stability modeling & design tool development; issued 30 April 2015
    • software to help design stable rockets
  • research, engineering, science & technology, analysis; issued 22 June 2015
  • R&D, engineering, state of-the-art and proof-of-concept sensor systems, and basic and advanced technology R&D for MDA; issued 14 September 2015
  • R&D to “counteract asymmetrical threats”; issued 18 September 2015
  • IT and security support to U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Army Medical Command; issued 22 September 2015
  • work on the “source multiple integrated radio frequency R&D program”; issued 30 September 2015
  • Cyber Security & Information Systems Technical Area Tasks; issued 19 November 2015 (added w 9 corporations) to earlier $5 billion contract
  • “cutting-edge weapon solutions” for AFRL (Munitions); issued 28 Dec 2015
    • R&D, analysis, integration, systems engineering, flyable and non-flyable tech demonstrators, prototypes, test & eval, rapid delivery

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) (Atlanta, GA)

  • C4I and cyberspace technology research à work in San Diego, CA (90%); Atlanta, GA (10%); issued 17 March 2016
  • R&D, engineering; state of-the-art and proof-of-concept sensor systems; basic & advanced technology R&D for MDA; issued 29 March 2016
  • R&D in Leveraging the Analog Domain for Security; provide multi-model analog sensing to adaptively determine what features to compute from signals emitted by a device during training and testing, extracting sub-bands of interest, de-noising the individual signals, and removing interfering transmission by other devices in the vicinity; issued 25 May 2016

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. (Atlanta, GA)

  • requirements pertaining to the design, development, modification, assessment, and testing of integrated electronics systems, sensors, weapon systems, communications and information infrastructure for Army Space & Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, AL; issued 23 March 2016

University of Hawaii Systems (Honolulu, HI)

  • transition of operations, management, and research development effort for Maui High Performance Computing for the operation and maintenance of a state-of-the-art computing environment that consists of large-scale parallel computing platforms and the associated software development, technical support, and network connectivity required for support in both classified and unclassified environments; issued 30 October 2015 à work in Kihei, Maui, HI

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD)

  • science & technology analysis, studies, experiments; engineering/dev for practical application of investigative findings and theories of a scientific or technical nature through employment of their 8 core competencies in support of USSOCOM; issued 3 March 2015


  • to operate Lincoln Laboratory;
    • issued 17 March 2015 … $1.7 billion
    • issued 27 April 2015 … $3 billion
  • “the study, development and creation of equipment and material”
  • DARPA’s Living Foundries program: 1000 Molecules; issued 4 May 2015 à work in Cambridge, MA; Boston, MA; Evanston, IL; San Francisco, CA
  • R&D in transparent computing; research to develop novel tagging and tracking approaches for establishing the causal relationships among activities across an enterprise environment, particularly focused on distinguishing between the "low and slow" Advance Persistent Threat (APT) and regular user and system activities; issued 29 June 2015

New Mexico State University (next door to White Sands Missile Range)

  • support the Information Operations Vulnerability/Survivability Assessment (IOVSA) program; issued 27 July 2015
    • IOVSA = methodology for evaluating DOD information technology systems

University of Pennsylvania

  • Linguistic Data Consortium (Philadelphia, PA); issued 4 September 2015
    • research work on the Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI) program; LORELEI aims to dramatically advance the state of computational linguistics & human language technology to enable rapid, low-cost development of capabilities for low-resource languages à work in Philadelphia, PA (88%); Boulder, CO (3%); Budapest, Hungary (1%); College Park, MD (8%)

Rand Corp. (Santa Monica, CA)

  • independent gov studies, issued 26 September 2014
  • acquire studies and analysis support for the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC) that supports the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, combatant commands, the defense agencies, and DOD components. RAND operates NDRI FFRDC, which is sponsored by the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics à work in Washington, DC; issued 8 October 2015
  • USAF requirements (air/space/cyber; strategy, modernization, employment, manpower, resource management), issued 21 March 2016

Research Triangle Park, NC

  • TT Government Solutions
    • cyber security collaborative research alliance; issued 26 September 2014
  • contracts involving Research Triangle Park, but based elsewhere
    • Ichor Medical Systems: immunology work, issued 1 August 2014
    • GXM Consulting (Ashburn, VA): secure tactical comms, issued 23 September 2014
    • Scitor Corporation (Reston, VA):
      • high-altitude off-nadir data collection for counterinsurgency ops, issued 26 September 2014
      • signature-based counter IED, issued 16 February 2016 AND issued 17 February 2016
      • human identification research technology assessment, issued 7 March 2016
    • Alakai Defense Systems (Largo, FL): checkpoint explosives detection systems, issued 29 September 2014
    • GlaxoSmithKline: influenza vaccine and syringes, issued 15 June 2015
    • massive $800 million contract to multiple corporations for R&D “to counteract asymmetrical threats”; issued 18 September 2015
    • Intevac Photonics (Santa Clara, CA): advanced digital low light imaging module, issued 30 September 2015
    • CAE USA (Tampa, FL) FMS to Kuwait re: KC-130J training, issued 16 November 2015
    • Sotera Defense Solutions (Herndon, VA): DARPA & Development Counter Insurgency Operations project, issued 21 January 2016
    • four separate corporations: help the Assistant Secretary of the Army Adaptive Red Team, issued 16 February 2016
    • Evistacom LLC (Atlanta, GA): develop “capability to decisively establish the identity of adversaries and effectively link that identity to other information” for DOD and allies, issued 11 March 2016

The University of Southern California

  • develop an “indexing and search system that will harvest and harmonize heterogeneous and obfuscated data to extract key elements of knowledge”; issued 29 September 2014
  • R&D and other activities within modeling and simulation core competencies in the areas of training, education, operation, health, and other arenas where research technologies and methodologies may be applied; issued 29 September 2014
  • Information Sciences Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
    • DARPA Circuit Realization at Faster Timescales (CRAFT) – FinFET Foundry/Design Aggregation Services program, Phase 1 issued 1 Dec 2015 à work in Marina Del Rey, CA

Utah State University Research Foundation / Space Dynamic Laboratory (North Logan, UT)

  • dynamic sensor support; R&D to maintain essential engineering & capability in: sensor development, image processing, data analysis; issued 15 March 2016
  • research support into ISR systems; issued 25 May 2016

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (Seattle, WA)

  • scientific & engineering services re: design, development, upgrade of AN/BQH-9(V) [PDF] signal data recording set & tape processing system; issued 18 March 2016

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

  • Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance program; Digital Acoustic Communication development program; Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) autonomous undersea vehicle; EOD “fast track” program, development and operational support for REMUS Automatic Submarine Launch & Recovery Capability program; issued 31 October 2014
    • work in Woods Hole, MA; Newport, RI; Andros Island, Bahamas; Groton, CT; San Diego, CA; Kings Bay, GA; Bangor, WA; Niantic, CT; Dresden, NY; Keyport, WA

Wright State University (Dayton, OH) / Wright State Applied Research Corp. (Beavercreek, OH)

  • R&D on sensor exploitation, issued 27 February 2015
  • R&D on how semi-autonomous UAV (drones) interact, issued 18 June 2015
  • human-machine teaming for ISR analysis; research on: (1) ISR knowledge elicitation; (2) ISR concept design and development; and (3) ISR performance assessment; issued 14 August 2015

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  1. What part of my mind is left to speak after a wander through this poisoned forest of the hegamon ? That so much human invention is trapped in criminal war enterprise and mind control, is the extent of the problem. And it is frightening to realise the nature of the humans ‘in control’ . Amercia no longer represents freedom in the world. It is the next manifestation of fascism as expressed by USAMO backed mercenary fascists in Syria, and USAID/CIA backed Svoboda/right sector fascists in Ukraine. http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/9202.htm

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