New UH-military partnership symptomatic of the militarization of education

The AP reports that the University of Hawai’i and the Pacific Command are forming a partnership:

The University of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Command have agreed to work together in the areas of health care, alternative energy, water and waste management.

University President M.R.C. Greenwood and Pacific Command Commander Adm. Robert F. Willard are due to sign an agreement at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The Pacific Command says the deal is a result of a January conference on enhancing security throughout the Asia-Pacific.

The institutions plan to send nursing students on military humanitarian missions to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. They also plan to expand an internship program at Pacific Command headquarters that gives students first-hand experience working on strategic security initiatives.

The establishment of the Applied Research Laboratory, a Navy UARC (classified military research laboratory) at UH, in violation of the ban on classified research, was a precedent for further encroachment of the military into a public university.

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