Penn State is an institution that is not shy about its military connections. It is one of the largest funded institutions by the military. It is increasingly being funded by Homeland Security, and a leader in directing research to so-called “non-lethal” technologies.
Penn State’s military ties are made clear. It has its Office of Military and Security Programs, which handles the military funds that come in. The largest lab is the Applied Research Laboratory. It was established by the Navy in 1945 and since then has served military research function. One part of the ARL researches non-lethal weapons.
The Institute for Emerging Defense Technologies is headquartered at APL. It is now called Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies. The INLDT is engaged in non-lethal weapons research. It is the primary research arm for the Marine Corps Research University since 1999.
The director of the institute is retired Colonel Andy Mazarra. His career spans the military, especially in his field on non-lethal weapons. He was formally the director of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, and former Site Executive at Raytheon Systems, and formerly with the Marines.
Mazarra sees the emerging needs of the military in non-lethal technology. The Marines are taking on more police functions in the places they occupy. Also warfare will be increasingly urban, so civilian casualties will be greater the more that are around.
The institute is also involved in the development of the Advanced Tactical Laser. It uses millimeter waves more powerful than microwaves to heat a person’s skin without burning it supposedly, in order to get compliance through pain. Pain compliance is the new term, but again the effects are not fully known.
Penn State is another example of the militarism in educational institutions. A lot of money goes to them from the military and new homeland security functions. The research is used to continue the empire, getting new technology to bring other people and nations under US influence. Students and faculty there have an obligation to resist it.
Pronko, Brock. “The Institute for Emerging Defense Technologies.” State College Magazine.” August 2001.