PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Is America’s 15th Most ‘Militarized’ University

Penn State is the 15th most militarized university in the nation, according to a Vice News study.

Militarized is admittedly a pretty broad terms, says Vice, and not meant to simply measure the number of ROTC students or campus police officers on campus. It’s instead, somewhat less broadly, “a measure of university labs funded by US intelligence agencies, administrators with strong ties to those same agencies, and, most importantly, the educational backgrounds of the approximately 1.4 million people who hold Top Secret clearance in the United States.”

You can read more about the methodology here, but it essentially worked to measure the colleges with the closest ties to US national security, and which schools did United States officials in intelligence and related fields attend. Vice attained a dataset of more than 90,000 resumes, and analyzed where national security leaders studied. They assigned extra weight to institutions that offered traditional training in military arts, or received significant national security funding from various government offices. The rankings, Vice makes sure to note, are not a list of who’s “best” but instead provides an enlightening glimpse into who went where.

In addition to earning the 15th spot, Penn State ranks third in national security funding of all institutions, thanks largely to an Applied Research Laboratory that has worked with Navy Weapons for more than 50 years.

“The university’s Strategic and Global Security Program is an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, while the Center for Information Assurance and Institute for Networking and Security Research is designated an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence,” Vice notes of Penn State. “In 2015 the university was one of the first to be designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.”

Penn State is also one of only three American academic institutions to participate in the National Nuclear Security Administration graduate-level program in nuclear security. In April, it opened an on-base campus at San Diego’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Three percent of Penn State students are a GI Bill/tuition assistance program and Vice reports that it receives $224,694,000 of Department of Defense Research and Development funding — a truly staggering amount.

The University of Maryland, a fellow Big Ten institution, is the most militarized school in America, according to the study. But no other Big Ten school ranks ahead of Penn State. Purdue, Michigan State, and Nebraska are ranked 35th, 37th, and 39th respectively.

Penn State is one of 17 “powerhouse research universities traditionally supporting the oft-cited military-industrial complex rank.” These institutions do not strictly research weapons, as a traditionalists view of the military-industrial complex might suggest. Instead, oft-confidential studies focus on “intelligence technologies, cyber security, and big data analytics, challenging the common view of what militarization means.”

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA

Comments

More by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns

Athletics

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

The Swedish faceoff specialist graduated after three seasons at Merrimack, but will be immediately eligible to play for Guy Gadowsky in 2018-19.

Harris, Rivers Win Big Ten Titles On Final Day Of Competition

Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Penn 15-14 In Double OT

Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl Headed To U.S. U-23 Camp

Student Life

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Not only is literally everyone at Penn State from “right outside of Philly,” ALMOST everyone also works “right outside of Philly.”

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Finding Your Penn State Beyond Penn State: Carolyn Popescu’s Senior Column

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

No Surprise Here: Saquon Barkley Can Throw, Too

Thirty yards out? No problem for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Josiah Hritsko is one of three finalists to become Moe’s Southwest Grill’s “Chief Taco Officer.”

Send this to a friend