Thanks to Todd Miller (@memomiller), I read a disturbing, but unsurprising, article on the increasing reach of the Department of Homeland Security, this time at the university level. The article highlights six $1 million grants from the DHS to a range of universities in the past year, including the University of Texas at San Antonio, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University and the University of the District of Columbia. These are interesting choices–I wonder how they make the decision of which universities to target.
With these grants, the universities are supposed to “partner with the directorate to develop course content and engage students and faculty in research relevant to the nation’s homeland security challenges, [specifically to] develop educational programs in homeland security science and engineering.”
Homeland security science?? wow, just wow.