The Ministry of Defense has announced a policy of outsourcing technology research that can be used for military purposes to universities, etc., and the Education and Research Council of Shizuoka University accepts only cases where it is clearly judged that it is not for military purposes. "Guidelines for research cooperation with the Ministry" have been compiled.If we decide to accept it, we will announce it on the university's homepage and publish the research results.

According to the Shizuoka University Education and Research Council, the guidelines stipulate how Shizuoka University faculty and staff should handle research cooperation with universities, companies, and research institutes that have contracts with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Defense for military purposes. Research does not accept it, even if it is for defense purposes.It is stipulated that technical consultations, academic technical guidance, experiments, etc. other than joint research and contract research will be treated in the same way.

Until now, the Ministry of Defense has left the development of defense technology solely to the defense industry, but from fiscal 2015 it has expanded its scope to include universities, colleges of technology, private companies, and incorporated administrative agencies. The policy is to outsource about 3 R & D projects within a research period of 10 years or less.
The research themes are (3) technology that dramatically improves the capabilities of defense equipment, (5) technology that leads to the development of new concepts of defense equipment, and (28) technology that applies the advanced technology that is attracting attention to the defense sector. It lists 1 items such as basic engine technology that enables supersonic flight of 3,000 or more, materials that reduce infrared radiation, visualization of aerial shock waves, and control of multiple unmanned vehicle operations. The research cost per project is up to XNUMX million yen per year, which can be said to be exceptional compared to the research and development subsidies of other ministries and agencies.
It seems that the background of the policy change is that the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, which manages R & D and procurement, will soon be established, and that the Abe Cabinet is focusing on joint development of weapons with foreign countries such as Australia and arms exports. I am.
However, there are many universities in Japan that are negative about military cooperation, including the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University.Even if the research is for defense purposes, there are many issues such as the scope of defense being unclear, and there have been strong opposition among universities and researchers.
Source:[Shizuoka University] Guidelines for research cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, etc. at Shizuoka University

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