America's universities really want to get their hands on drones


By —— Bio and Archives February 8, 2013

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When you see a list of municipalities and institutions that are applying for FAA Drone Licenses, you expect to see the Marine Corps, the Navy, etc. Even the DOJ isn’t shocking. Creepy, maybe, but not surprising.  Now that the President has decided he can summarily order the drone-strike execution of U.S. citizens without trial, every federal agency is going to want one.

What might be a little more unexpected is the number of Universities that are requesting drone approval.

All of the following schools were culled from a newly released list of 81 FAA Drone license applicants.

  • Cornell University
  • Indiana State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Middle Georgia College
  • Lorain Community College
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • New Mexico State University - Physical Science Lab
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Ohio University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University - Engineering Experiment Station
  • Texas State University
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • West Virginia University

So, remember, when you’re choosing a taxpayer-subsidized public university, make sure to enquire about whether they have a federally authorized drone program.  You wouldn’t want to wind up at some second rate “learnstitute” that doesn’t have one.

After receiving a four-year degree in “drone studies” you’ll be probably be able to get a job as a government remote-control assassin in no time.

For the full list, which was made available thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, click here.

....and yes, we know there are legitimate reasons for schools to want this tech.  However, if the proliferation of these machines doesn’t concern you - particularly in light of the Obama administration’s eagerness to use them -  you really should start paying more attention.

 


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