UH Extends Secret Navy Research Lab Despite Minimal Revenue

Courtesy of the University of Hawaii

The University of Hawaii has signed a new five-year contract with the U.S. Navy for a controversial research lab even though anticipated revenue is significantly less than expected and officials will reveal little about the lab's operations.

After refusing to answer repeated requests from Civil Beat and others for information about the lab, the university administration announced on Tuesday that the UH and Navy had agreed to extend the contract.

The first contract, which was signed in 2008 after much outcry among faculty and students, brought in just $7.9 million through 13 research projects sponsored by various military branches.

That’s less than a fifth of the $44.7 million in research revenue proponents originally said the lab could generate — a shortfall that the university in its Tuesday statement indicated could’ve put the whole arrangement in jeopardy last year.

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