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People and Politics

Military Research at German Universities

Many in Germany have long been critical of the role university researchers play in supporting domestic arms manufacturers. As a result, numerous local universities withdrew from all research that serves a military use. Others, though, continue to take part in military-sponsored research.

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The contracts are for decryption software, ship propulsion systems, munitions and much more. There are large sums at stake - and some of the funding even comes from the US Ministry of Defense.