Just one more day with military and our foreign immigrant populations. We talked yesterday about global mercenary corporations creating a global labor pool of soldiers and security policing forces----and an article identified LOCKHEED MARTIN as one private global contractor taking what used to be our public military capital development. RAND CORPORATION is another Defense contractor super-sized during these few decades and together they make that global militarized security in all Foreign Economic Zones. Know who are the biggest members of our US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES like Baltimore? These two global corporations ---in Baltimore they are called valuable partners in GREATER BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT. Who is connected with global mercenary corporations? Global Johns Hopkins is Bush/Cheney and grew globally from this privatization.
THIS IS WHY BALTIMORE HAS A PARTICULARLY STRONG CAPTURE BY GLOBAL CORPORATE RULE.
It also expands the foreign corporations and foreign executives and workers brought in MOVING FORWARD DEEP STATE.
'“In many respects it is now private interests that benefit most from our use of military force,” he continued. “Whether it’s private security contractors, that are still all over Iraq or Afghanistan, or it’s the bigger-known defense contractors, like the number one in the world, Lockheed Martin.”
Journalist Antony Loewenstein detailed how the U.S. privatized its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in another interview with Salon. There are an estimated 30,000 military contractors working for the Pentagon in Afghanistan today; they outnumber U.S. troops three-to-one. Thousands more are in Iraq.
Lockheed Martin simply “plans to sell every aspect of missile defense that it can,” regardless of whether it is needed, Wilkerson said. And what is best to maximize corporate interest is by no means necessarily the same as what is best for average citizens'.
One of the growing global corporate campuses in Greater Baltimore is LOCKHEED MARTIN. Here we see them in almost all things Foreign Economic Zone and security. Most folks now executives at Lockheed have been overseas working to train global mercenary soldiers, installing brutal dictators, and building security to keep that developing nations' 1% and global corporate campuses in Foreign Economic Zones safe. Indeed, these top executives come from all nations.
Lockheed Martin Opens Cyber Security Center in Anne Arundel County
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. has opened a new cyber security center in Anne Arundel County. The 56,000-square-foot center, named the Cyber Center of Excellence, is aimed at improving the company’s cyber security offerings. The Center has a capacity for 250 workers.
Lockheed Martin Moving Logistics Division to Baltimore County
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
A logistics division of Lockheed Martin is leaving Pennsylvania for Middle River in Baltimore County. The division will move to existing Lockheed Martin space in Middle River. Lockheed Martin will hire locally to fill any vacancies created by the move.
Below we see one LOCKHEED executive who happens to be that HILLARY GLOBAL CORPORATE FEMINIST. We saw a couple of such top executives during the Hillary campaign in 2016. We shout-----WE SAW A FEW TOP WOMEN EXECUTIVES ----and here in Baltimore we have a HOMETOWN LOCKHEED executive leading our GREATER BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT----yes, Stephanie Hill is that 5% to the 1% leading that Greater Baltimore Development ----both of which need to go. Stephanie is my 5% to the 1% Hillary feminist women.
It sounds as if we are against all corporations but NO----we are against global corporations tied to ONE WORLD CONTINUOUS WAR having a goal of building DEEP, DEEP, VERY, VERY DEEP STATE. We are supposed to feel warm and fuzzy about this GBC leader because she is a woman.......
'S&P Global, previously McGraw Hill Financial, provides Standard & Poor's rating services, among other products. The firm employed more than 20,000 people globally at the end of 2015'.
Baltimore native Stephanie Hill named to S&P Global board
Natalie ShermanContact ReporterBaltimore Sun Jan 25, 2017
Baltimore native Stephanie Hill, a vice president at Lockheed Martin and chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee, has been named to the board of the S&P Global financial information and analytics firm.
Hill joined Lockheed in 1987 as a software engineer and now acts as general manager of its cyber, ships & advanced technologies line of business. She became the first African American woman to lead the Greater Baltimore Committee in November 2015.
S&P Global, previously McGraw Hill Financial, provides Standard & Poor's rating services, among other products. The firm employed more than 20,000 people globally at the end of 2015.
With her nomination, S&P Global has five women on the 13-person board of directors, appointments that the company said "underscore the company's commitment to inviting diverse backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experience" into the board room.
Most of LOCKHEED MARTIN'S defense contract work has been overseas in FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES. A few states kept LOCKHEED manufacturing at home as BONES TO GLOBAL WALL STREET POLS. If we have watched US economic policies these several years these US LOCKHEED manufacturing from GA to TX are closing and/or downsizing wages and ending benefits. Below we see the same talk from all global corporations saying they want to expand in US-----there is no highly skilled workers. Again, we have shown over and over and over US college grads in STEM are plenty qualified and unemployed/underemployed.
The intent over this decade is to bring those overseas foreign workers to US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES to operate here as they do in developing nations.
'The aerospace and defense industries are pondering that question carefully. Twenty-two percent of respondents to the Aviation Week survey said that the shortage of scientists and design engineers was the most significant factor affecting their organization’s ability to expand operations or deliver to customers, and 35% said that a highly skilled workforce will be the most important element to their organization’s success over the next three to five years'.
What we see here in Greater Baltimore where Lockheed is setting up its FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE structure is the same with other global corporations brought to Baltimore----they are closing corporate campuses elsewhere, laying off large numbers of employees, and then transferring some to new campuses like Greater Baltimore. Meanwhile our local media touts JOB CREATION from LOCKHEED MARTIN.
America’s defense industry is going gray
Nov 12, 2013
FORTUNE -- Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned that the projected $500 billion worth of sequestration-related cuts to the defense budget over the next 10 years “will cause an unnecessary, strategically unsound, and dangerous degradation in military readiness and capability.”
The cuts come with another consequence: They'll likely make the aerospace industry workforce crisis even worse.
The so-called silver tsunami -- the aging of the country’s population -- will hit the aerospace industry especially hard. It received an influx of workers in the Apollo era, when the country’s space program was shooting for the moon and generating buzz. Cuts to that program in the mid- to late-1970s and 1980s, plus the Vietnam and Cold Wars, kept the industry from ever receiving a major infusion of fresh talent. As a result, the average age for an aerospace and defense workers is 45 -- 47 for an aeronautical engineer -- compared to the median age of 42 for all American workers, according to a survey by Aviation Week and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Aviation Week survey -- which tallied responses from companies like Boeing (ba, -0.29%), BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin (lmt, +0.41%), and Northrop Grumman (noc, +0.20%) -- showed that this year 9.6% of employees, or 62,000 individuals, in aerospace and defense were eligible for retirement. That figure is set to increase by about two percentage points every year for the next four years, reaching 18.5% in 2017, the survey says. “There’s a wave of retirements coming,” says Annalisa Weigel, a senior aerospace policy and economics lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The question is will they be able to replace that talent.”
The aerospace and defense industries are pondering that question carefully. Twenty-two percent of respondents to the Aviation Week survey said that the shortage of scientists and design engineers was the most significant factor affecting their organization’s ability to expand operations or deliver to customers, and 35% said that a highly skilled workforce will be the most important element to their organization’s success over the next three to five years.
Though it often receives the lion's share of attention, student enrollment in college’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs isn’t necessarily the problem. The National Science Foundation found that between 1972 and 2007, about 30% of freshmen planned to major in science and engineering disciplines. By 2010, that figure was 38%. The issue isn’t the number of STEM graduates, it’s aerospace’s ability to attract them, says Weigel. According to Aviation Week, 60% of students at universities favored by aerospace and defense employers said they had considered a career in the industry in 2013, down from 72% in 2012 and the lowest in four years. “Younger folks are taking a keen interest in industry outside aerospace; in health care, technology, and the Googles of the world,” says Weigel, who administers a survey on aerospace students’ attitudes. That’s because STEM students -- like their counterparts who major in other topics -- want responsibility, the ability to move around in a job, and an instant sense of achievement, which is not typical in aerospace jobs, where one project can take a decade to complete.
Then there’s the issue of compensation. While the average annual salary for a mid-career aerospace software engineer is $93,288 -- several hundred dollars above the national average for a software engineer -- Google (goog, +0.23%) pays its software developers $128,336 on average, according to GlassDoor. Software developers at Apple (aapl, -0.19%) receive an average base salary of $114,413.
Competing for talent with the likes of Google is an arduous task for many high-tech companies, but aerospace’s recruitment challenge comes with an added twist: Not just anyone can fill the roles vacated by retirees. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations governs many of the aircraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles that aerospace and defense companies produce, which means most employees must be U.S. citizens and the positions available to foreigners are limited. Because of these restrictions, immigration reform and additional skilled foreign worker visas that other high-tech industries are touting as a solution to the skills gap won’t have the same effect in aerospace and defense, unless such reform offers a pathway to citizenship.
The Defense Department budget cuts will make the hiring hurdle even higher. “It’s always difficult to bring people into the industry, says Weigel, “and the budget cuts to Defense and NASA that have trimmed the employee population certainly don’t help.” Layoffs and restructurings at companies like Boeing don’t make the best recruiting tools.
New and groundbreaking aerospace programs are the best lures for young talent, says Christian Marrone, vice president for national security and acquisition policy at the Aerospace Industries Association. But the planned $14 billion reduction in the Defense Department’s research and development spending for the next two years presents a threat to new projects that are farmed out to graduate school engineering programs and aerospace and defense companies. “How do you retain when you don’t have that high level of new work? How do you attract new grads?” Marrone says.
Companies are trying to answer those questions on the university level by establishing close ties to programs known for cultivating STEM talent. Boeing -- where 30% of its workers could retire today if they wished -- has teamed up with 17 engineering schools, including the University of Washington and Northwestern University, on technology and R&D projects, according to Duane Schireman, director of strategic workforce planning at Boeing. Last year, Boeing invested about $48 million in education programs for young engineers, scientists, and technologists. “Boeing is an engineering company. If we cannot develop solutions for our customers, we’re out of business,” Schireman says.
Other companies have taken a similar, education-based approach. Last month, General Electric Aviation and the University of Cincinnati Research Institute announced the launch of a research center at GE’s Evendale, Ohio campus. GE (ge, -0.22%) will contribute $6 million to sponsor six UCRI researchers and 19 UC undergraduate and postgraduate students over the next three years. And earlier this year, Northrup Grumman recommitted to sponsoring CyberPatriot, a high school competition put on by the Air Force Association to encourage students to pursue careers in cybersecurity and the STEM disciplines.
Marrone of the Aerospace Industries Association is encouraged by companies’ university outreach, though he admitted that the results of the programs were “a mixed bag.” His own efforts to address the workforce crisis are now focused on Capitol Hill, where he’s trying to build awareness of the perils of cutting Defense’s research and development budget. His pitch: There’s a lot at stake. Demand for civilian aircraft has never been higher, with the backlog for non-defense aircraft reaching a record $582 billion earlier this year. Aerospace generated a balance of trade of $64 billion last year -- the most of any industry. And then there are the national security concerns.
“At the end of the day, this all effects what the department can give a warfighter,” says Marrone. The defense cuts and the workforce shortage threaten to break the promise made to military personnel, he says, to give them the best technology available.
Back to immigration and citizenship-----here we have our LOCKHEED MARTIN----yes, it soared to global wealth and power these few decades of privatization and yes, it has these same few decades trained, recruited, hired foreign workers for many global corporate campuses overseas and we know those foreign workers will be filling US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE job openings. So, what happens to those workers brought to GREATER BALTIMORE? We know the goal of global Johns Hopkins is filling this CITY STATE with people who are NOT CITIZENS-----we know the goal is CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY meaning free labor. We are sure these highly-skilled foreign workers are being told they are coming to US quality of life----but that will be very short lived.
What happens to WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% citizens in Baltimore? Well, first we become long-term unemployed and lose all sense of what being a developed, strong quality of life citizen with rights. Then we get to watch global mercenary corporations like LOOKHEED MARTIN AND BLACKWATER/ZE break down our concept of morals, ethics, public justice, human rights----kind of happening in Baltimore already.
This is what MOVING FORWARD in Baltimore will look like----we can ask any Baltimore pol and any Greater Baltimore Development/Johns Hopkins executive---like Ms. Stephanie Hill. What happens to Baltimore's 5% to the 1% ----UNDER THE BUS.
The Baltimore citizens not LEFT BEHIND in decaying communities are those small percentage sent overseas to work as EX-PATs for the likes of these global mercenary corporations and they are coming home to build these structures in our US cities. That 5% to the 1% do not care ----they were selected because they do not care----so LET'S JUST GET RID OF GLOBAL WALL STREET POLS AND 5% PLAYERS and rebuild a local small business economy and REAL free market economy for all of WE THE PEOPLE.
Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast
The Company Getting Rich Off the ISIS War
For the Middle East, the growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been a catastrophe. For one American firm, it’s been a gold mine.Kate Brannen
08.02.15 9:00 PM ET
The war against ISIS isn’t going so great, with the self-appointed terror group standing up to a year of U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
But that hasn’t kept defense contractors from doing rather well amidst the fighting. Lockheed Martin has received orders for thousands of more Hellfire missiles. AM General is busy supplying Iraq with 160 American-built Humvee vehicles, while General Dynamics is selling the country millions of dollars worth of tank ammunition.
SOS International, a family-owned business whose corporate headquarters are in New York City, is one of the biggest players on the ground in Iraq, employing the most Americans in the country after the U.S. Embassy. On the company’s board of advisors: former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz—considered to be one of the architects of the invasion of Iraq—and Paul Butler, a former special assistant to Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld.
The company, which goes by “SOSi,” says on its website that the contracts it’s been awarded for work in Iraq in 2015 have a total value of more than $400 million. They include a $40 million contract to provide everything from meals to perimeter security to emergency fire and medical services at Iraq’s Besmaya Compound, one of the sites where U.S. troops are training Iraqi soldiers. The Army awarded SOSi a separate $100 million contract in late June for similar services at Camp Taji. The Pentagon expects that contract to last through June 2018.
A year after U.S. airstrikes began targeting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, there are 3,500 U.S. troops deployed there, training and advising Iraqi troops. But a number that is not discussed is the growing number of contractors required to support these operations. According to the U.S. military, there are 6,300 contractors working in Iraq today, supporting U.S. operations. Separately, the State Department is seeking janitorial services, drivers, linguists, and security contractors to work at its Iraqi facilities.
While these numbers pale in comparison to the more than 163,000 working in Iraq at the peak of the Iraq War, they are steadily growing. And with the fight against ISIS expected to take several years, it also represents a growing opportunity for defense, security, and logistics contractors, especially as work in Afghanistan begins to dry up.
“It allows us to maintain the façade of no boots on the ground while at the same time growing our footprint,” said Laura Dickinson, a law professor at George Washington University whose recent work has focused on regulating private military contractors.
Today, Afghanistan still represents a booming business for civilian contractors. In the latest quarterly report from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, there were 30,000 civilian contractors working in Afghanistan in April. But those numbers are steadily falling. For example, in April 2014, there were more than 60,000 contractors working there.
Meanwhile, from supporting weapons sales to the Iraqi government to providing base security, contractor work in Iraq is on the rise.
SOSi is also providing a handful of high-level advisers to work with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the Iraqi Kurdish regional government. In late June, the company won a $700,000 contract to provide a small group of security assistance mentors and advisers for one year. The contract could be extended for an additional four years for a total of $3.7 million.
The requirements for the job are posted on SOSi’s career site, and include “one year or more of experience working with Iraqi [Ministry of Defense] officials.”
One of the job’s duties is to “prepare and deliver briefings to senior military officials on the status of the Iraqi staff, systems, programs and transition progress.”
The company will provide one adviser to the Iraqi Kurdish regional government, and five to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, according to Frank Helmick, a retired lieutenant general who served three tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 and is now vice president for Mission Solutions at SOSi.
“These positions are very important. They are not just translators,” Helmick said. “They are advising at the levels where decisions are made.”
For the most part, they are Iraqi-Americans with security clearances, he said.
During his second tour in Iraq between 2008 and 2009, Helmick was in charge of all the manning, training, and equipping of the Iraqi security forces, so today’s mission is a familiar one.
“I’ve been going back and forth to Iraq for the last two-plus years as a businessman, which is very, very different than going as a military guy, but a lot of the same people I worked with in uniform are still there today,” he said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
He acknowledged that contractors are playing a key supportive role in Iraq.
“Contractors thicken the U.S. presence,” Helmick said. “If soldiers are sent there to advise and train, they don’t have to send people to cook their food, wash their clothes or secure themselves. Contractors can do that. We allow the U.S. or coalition military to focus on their core competency.”
SOSi is not the only company that has been on contract to provide high-level advisers to the government in Iraq. ABM, also headquartered in New York, posted a job listing for a “Security Assistance Mentor and Advisor,” who would work directly with senior Iraqi counterterrorism officials.
The position entailed providing “direct assistance to the Prime Minister’s Counter Terrorism Advisor to lead and guide the development of institutional capabilities for the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in order to provide security and facilitate good governance,” according to the company’s job description, which has recently been taken down. A company spokesman said ABM is no longer on the contract.
But some other company will invariably fill the breach. From providing meals to strategic advice, contractors are built into today’s military operations to help defeat the Islamic State. The fact is, the U.S. can no longer go to war—or even on an advise and assist mission—without them.
“We’re resting a large part of the success of this mission on contractors,” said Sean McFate, a professor at the National Defense University and the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.
But the role of civilian contractors on the battlefield remains controversial, partly because waste, fraud, and abuse became rampant in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. The Commission on Wartime Contracting, a bipartisan review board created by Congress in 2008, estimated that between $31 billion and $60 billion was lost to contract waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And security contractors continue to face particular scrutiny after a series of abuses over the last several years. Particularly damaging to the industry’s reputation was the 2007 Nisour Square shooting when guards working for Blackwater fatally shot 17 civilians.
Because of these scandals, there is now increased oversight of civilian contractors at the national and international level, said Dickinson. For example, the Pentagon has made numerous internal changes to improve the way contractors are vetted and used.
Helmick said he’s watched the contractor scene in Iraq change from when he first visited in 2003 to today. For example, he says, the ratio of contractors to U.S. service members is down to less than one to one, at least for SOSi. At the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, contractors outnumbered U.S. troops. While SOSi may have lowered their ratio to remain competitive, based on the Pentagon’s own statistics, it appears contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq today.
Today’s business environment is more competitive, Helmick said. “There are a lot of companies vying for this work.”
William Beaver, the editor-in-chief of DangerZoneJobs.com, said the market’s grown more competitive because there is a large pool of experienced contractors thanks to the last 14 years of war. There is also a large number of combat veterans who have left the military, but are looking for ways to work overseas again, he said.
This has led to a considerable drop in salaries, according to Beaver.
But one thing that hasn’t changed is the lack of transparency around these contracts. There is no central public database for finding out who’s doing this work, so it’s only possible to get a scattershot view, without much context, from searches on FedBizOps.com, the Pentagon’s daily contract announcements and various job boards.
For example, it is unclear whether any contractors are supporting the 935 U.S. and coalition military personnel as they vet and train moderate Syrian rebels.
What is known is that contractors are integral to the teams that operate surveillance drones and analyze the hours of video footage collected, providing the military with the information it needs to target Islamic State fighters on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq. While these contractors are not based overseas—and therefore not included in any official tallies—they are directly supporting the mission to defeat the Islamic State.
From the very beginning, U.S. military commanders have warned that the war against the Islamic State will be a long one. SOSi’s contract for services at Camp Taji may be due to expire in 2018, but it seems certain that it and companies like it will continue to find business as this fight rages on.
We are told the only way for a non-citizen to have a job with a defense industry contractor is as an intern------apprentice------in other words ----NOT HIRED.
I had a conversation today with a Baltimore citizen talking about the high unemployment in Baltimore especially for black young adults. He stated there are PLENTY OF JOBS and that young citizens simply don't want to work. At the same time there are plenty of global citizens wanting jobs and see global defense industry as that economic ladder.
BOTH THESE US CITIZENS AND THESE GLOBAL CITIZENS ARE TOLD----YOU MUST COME IN THE BACK DOOR----THROUGH FREE LABOR.
This is of course what global Johns Hopkins has built throughout the city center-----and indeed foreign students pay a high tuition to attend Hopkins with that goal of being hired on a Hopkins overseas campus. What we see in Baltimore and it will be the same in all US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones is just that-----the city is filled with WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% AMERICAN AND GLOBAL CITIZENS ---it looks pretty busy----but almost all are tied to these volunteer/low-pay temporary/intern status.
Global Hopkins has done this for decades with foreign grad students for example----never gain citizenship---never hired.
The word CO-OP is indeed a left social progressive term----as always when a far-right wing global Wall Street CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA use that term----it never ends well for people as workers or co-op owners.
If you notice all of LOCKHEED MARTIN'S focus on new employment is tied to corporate university campuses-----the anchor of our US city development. A Johns Hopkins, Morgan State, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore----University of Maryland Baltimore County----all tied to these vocational K-career internships as a main source of filling jobs.
When a global corporation like Lockheed Martin says it is not hiring foreign workers because of Federal contracting laws----this is what has been happening these few decades and is now soaring in US cities. Of course our US university students and grads are now told they have to take this BACK DOOR PROCESS TO EMPLOYMENT TOO.
Join us as an Intern or Co-Op
All internships and co-ops offer the chance to gain real-world experience. But few can offer you an opportunity to make a real impact on the world.
At Lockheed Martin, our student programs are open to all Engineering majors, as well as Mathematics, Physics, Business, Finance, Supply Chain, HR and associated disciplines – and could be the perfect way for you to catapult your career into the future of technology and creativity.
You could develop new systems to be deployed in space, cyberspace or military arenas. You could help design and manufacture breakthrough products for air, land or maritime applications. Or you could analyze business unit operations for greater efficiency and profitability. However you spend your time in one of our student programs, you'll be exposed to a wealth of knowledge and experience, and very likely transition into a full-time, salaried role at Lockheed Martin.
In our internship and co-op program, you'll do challenging work in a supportive environment that supports your success and prepares you for a potential full-time professional role with us, through:
- Clear objectives and prospects for future opportunities within and across the business
- Training modules that groom you for professional success through strong business, communication, and customer support skills
- Formal end-of-assignment presentation of your innovations, ideas and experiences to an audience of team leaders and executives
- Leaders and mentors who offer guidance and support for your overall career goals
- A Buddy Program to help you assimilate into our work environment and culture with greater ease
- Access to company executives eager to share their experience and knowledge as technology, engineering, and business pioneers
- Peer-to-peer "community interchanges" where students can share their projects and programs with one another
- Volunteer activities, social events, and networking opportunities with local team members and subject matter experts in the field
Explore Internship and Co-Op opportunities at Lockheed Martin.
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Now, here is a WE THE PEOPLE 99% LEADER WHO KNOWS IT'S NOT JUST ANY JOB----GET GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUSES OUT OF OUR US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES.
'Hearing about Binghamton University’s strong ties to this corporation surprised me, as I have encountered many students like myself who oppose military violence, especially drone strikes. Yet, there seems to be little opposition to Lockheed’s presence on campus, much less the fact that a large number of students end up working for them. Why is this so'?
Guest ColumnsUniversity should not partner with Lockheed Martin
By Caleb D Schwartz - March 11, 2016
Even if you don’t know anything about Lockheed Martin, chances are you’ve at least seen the name somewhere on campus. This is because they sponsor and donate to multiple BU programs: Watson Engineers Week, School of Management’s Center for Leadership Studies, the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center — the list goes on.
The corporation is one of the world’s biggest military contractors, a driving force in the development of new weapons technology. They design and build scores of military jets, missiles and drones, among other things. Their technology has been integral to United States drone strikes, which have killed as many as 5,000 people, a fifth of whom may have been innocent civilians. The United States’ use of drone strikes has come under international scrutiny as possible war crimes.
Hearing about Binghamton University’s strong ties to this corporation surprised me, as I have encountered many students like myself who oppose military violence, especially drone strikes. Yet, there seems to be little opposition to Lockheed’s presence on campus, much less the fact that a large number of students end up working for them. Why is this so?
At first glance, these corporate donations seem beneficial. After all, we receive money and students are connected with well-paying job opportunities and internships. These sponsorships benefit our University, so why should we not accept these magnanimous donations?
For one, we should be under no misconception that companies who sponsor BU programs are practicing philanthropy. They aren’t making donations; they’re making investments. Corporations know that if they influence students early, they have a good chance at shaping future behavior. Future engineers and business leaders who see Lockheed Martin’s name on scholarships, academic fair banners and state-of-the-art research facilities will develop a positive view of the company, perhaps even gratitude and loyalty to them. As they enter the job market, they’ll be more likely to go into Lockheed jobs and internships — opportunities conveniently waiting for them at BU career fairs. This provides Lockheed with bright, loyal, long-term workers in return for their short-term donations. That’s just good business.
Yet, by accepting money from Lockheed, BU is paving certain roads for its students. While this corporate sponsor relationship certainly isn’t forcing students to take Lockheed jobs, it’s making it much easier to get them than other non-sponsored jobs. It’s no surprise that on LinkedIn, the third most popular place to work for BU alumni is Lockheed Martin. The fifth is at BAE systems, another military contractor that also sponsors multiple BU events and programs.
Yes, increased job opportunities are good for students and they boost the school’s reputation, but at what cost? As one of the best public universities in the United States, BU plays a large role in shaping our nation’s future. Its students will undoubtedly go on to impact society in myriad ways. As the administration strives to expand and make us “premier,” its choices sow the seeds of BU’s legacy. Will BU be looked at as a school whose students used their great intellect to build weapons and create destruction? Or will it be looked at as a school whose alumni had a positive impact on the world?
The choice is up to all of us. If students and administrators stay silent on this topic, the University will continue to build well-paved roads toward Lockheed jobs, perhaps neglecting other fields. BU will have a hand in developing violent technologies that take lives around the globe. If this is something that the student body wants, so be it. However, if we decide that BU’s legacy should be one of peace and positive development, it’s time that we speak up and look for different roads to pave.