Nearly 50 U.S. universities are involved in the research and design of U.S. nuclear weapons, largely in secret and in contradiction of their mission statements. Students and faculty must demand their universities stop helping to build weapons of mass destruction.
Universities across the United States are implicated by this new report for work on nuclear weapons, ranging from directly managing laboratories that design nuclear weapons to recruiting and training the next generation of nuclear weapons scientists. Much of universities' nuclear weapons work is kept secret from students and faculty by classified research policies and undisclosed details from contracts with the Defense Department and the Energy Department.
Universities pursue different pathways to help to develop U.S. nuclear weapons. Some directly manage the laboratories that design nuclear weapons. Others partner with laboratories to recruit and train the next generation of weapons scientists. Still others use U.S. government funding to do basic research that is applied to nuclear weapons work. This report identifies four concrete categories of involvement: direct management, institutional partnerships, research programs and partnerships, and workforce development programs..
Spread the word:Universities have kept their nuclear weapons work secret from students and faculty for too long. Share the report with your fellow students and colleagues so they too can hold your university administration accountable. Or take your questions straight to your university's social media accounts.
Demand transparency:Universities need to own up to their work building weapons of mass destruction. Ask universities to publicly disclose the research they’re not telling us about.
Call on your university to be part of the solution not part of the problem:U.S. cities and states are already calling on the United States to join the world majority to ban nuclear weapons. Your university can end its nuclear weapons work and get on board.
Want to do more? Sign up here to organise a campaign at your university.