New report identifies US universities involved in nuclear weapons development


A new report published by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), called “Schools of Mass Destruction: American Universities in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex,” details nearly fifty universities and educational establishments in the USA with links to nuclear weapons development. In some cases the involvement is "direct and unabashed". The executive summary of the report outlines how, as well as the huge financial investment needed to develop and maintain nuclear weapons, these systems also rely on "significant amounts of scientific, technical and human capital" and that the US government and the companies it contracts to build and manage the country's nuclear weapons are increasingly turning "to the nation's universities to provide this capital".

The institutions identified by ICAN are involved in nuclear weapons in various ways, including:

  • directly managing laboratories that design nuclear weapons, and collectively "retaining contracts worth billions of dollars per year" in order to do so,
  • recruiting and training the next generation of weapons scientists,
  • using U.S. government funding to do basic research that is applied to nuclear weapons work.

The institutions identified as being involved in "direct management" of labs include:

  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Florida

You can access the full report here:


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