14. "Cooperative Venture (Milatarism in Higher
Not known by the average American, the Department of Defense is giving
serious consideration to a plan for involving itself in a massive way
with American higher education.
The reason for the proposed "partnership" between academia
and military is fairly uncomplicated. The military and the universities
find themselves competing for the nation's youth. Eighteen-year-olds
are at a premium and this partnership will avoid a head-on struggle.
The military will offer financial help that the colleges so desperately
need; in return, the Pentagon will have opportunity to provide military
According to Thomas Carr, Director of Defense Education for the Department
of Defense, to maintain an active duty military force (in the next 5
to 10 years), the military must recruit more than one out of three male
18-year-olds. He predicts that:
1) Military and the colleges will join together in a series of "Cooperative
2) Through this partnership, education will emphasize "task skills"
instead of "relative performance."
3) By 1984 the military will have become a major instrument for youth
4) Our military bases around the world will be fully used for this
new program as satellites will transmit teaching materials to remote
5) Education will become the means whereby the military will recruit
"especially qualified personnel."
6) The armed forces will become the largest degree granting institution
in the world.
The "Cooperative Venture" of the military and universities
is frightening and fraught with danger. Universities are underfinanced,
whereas the military has unlimited funds. As a consequence, "Cooperative
Venture" will see the Department of Defense most assuredly dictating
policy of universities. Military influence generally aims not at attaining
academic excellence, but at social engineering and the accomplishment
of political goals; academic freedom would diminish daily. Furthermore,
few things are more perilous to a free society than the institutionalization
The potential military takeover of higher education in the United States
and the media's failure to cover this issue qualifies this story for
nomination as one of the "best censored" stories of 1978:
Saturday Review, November 11, 1978, "Outlooks," Editorial,