Harmful Military Technology Development
At McGill, various departments are working on developing harmful military technologies. McGill has remained non-transparent about the extent and nature of military research on campus, going as far as taking students to court over access to information requests.
Here is some of the harmful military research that occurs on campus:
The McGill Aerospace Mechatronics Lab currently holds contracts with the Department of
National Defence for purposes of developing “unmanned ground, air, and marine vehicles …
and [building] 3D world representation models of the urban battle space to improve soldier situational
awareness”7 ($380,000 contract), and developing a “Multi Degree-of-Freedom Robot,”
an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to “[support] military missions in complex operating environments”
10 ($245,000 contract).
Members of McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering worked on missile
guidance systems technology from 1999 to at least 2010 in collaboration with Lockheed
Martin—a multi-billion dollar guided missile system and military technology manufacturer--
Technicon military researchers in Israel, and Defence Research and Development Canada
($230,600 funding from DRDC).
The Shockwave Physics Group (SWPG) conducts research in collaboration with the Canadian
and US military at McGill with McGill professors on thermobaric explosives. The SWPG also
conducts research on air-breathing propulsion funded by Defence Research and Development
Canada. Projects titles include “Measurement of the Limit of Shock Precompression and Induction
Delay Time of Liquid Explosives” (2001) for DRDC, "Near-Field Impulse Effects from
Detonation of Heterogeneous Explosives”(2001), and "Interaction of a blast wave with a metalized
explosive fireball” (2010).
Through the Policy for a Campus Free from Harmful Military Technology, the SSMU has committed to supporting other campus campaigns against harmful military technology. Demilitarize McGill is a group on campus which seeks to end military collaboration on campus. As described on their website, "Demilitarize McGill organizes to interrupt the University's history of complicity in colonization and imperialist warfare by ending military collaboration at McGill." They work through research, popular education, and direct action in order to achieve their goals.
Read more about Demilitarize McGill on their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.