Auburn University

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Formation7 February 1856
HeadquartersAuburn, Alabama
Alabama University with many military alumni

Auburn University (also known as AU or Auburn) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. It is the second largest university in the state after the University of Alabama. The university is one of 13 universities in the United States that have received state support through the "land-grant", "sea-grant" and "space-grant" programs.[1] The university has a particularly high reputation in the fields of architecture, engineering and economics.


ROTC programs are available in three branches of service: Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine Corps with the latter being the only one in Alabama.[2] Over 100 officers that attended Auburn became generals or admirals, including one, Carl Epting Mundy Jr., who became Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Auburn is one of only seven universities in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, and has historically been one of the top ROTC producers of Navy nuclear submarine officers.[3]

In addition to the ROTC graduates commissioned through Auburn, two alumni from Auburn, four-star generals Hugh Shelton and Richard Myers, became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the last decade. Both officers received their commissions elsewhere, and attended Auburn for an M.S. (Shelton) and M.B.A. (Myers).


Auburn University was racially segregated prior to 1963, with only white students being admitted. According to Auburn University's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, African-Americans comprise 1,828 of the university's 24,864 undergraduates (7.35%) as of 2013 and 49 of the 1,192 full-time faculty (4.1%) as of 2012.[4]


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Victor Marchetti“To the Clandestine Services the universities represented fertile territory for recruiting espionage agents. Most large American colleges enrolled substantial numbers of foreign students, and many of these, especially those from the Third World, were (and are) destined to hold high positions in their home countries in a relatively few years. They were much easier to recruit at American schools — when they might have a need for money, where they could be easily compromised, and where foreign security services could not interfere — than they would be when they returned home. To spot and evaluate these students, the Clandestine Services maintained a contractual relationship with key professors on numerous campuses. When a professor had picked out a likely candidate, he notified his contact at the CIA and, on occasion, participated in the actual recruitment attempt. Some professors performed these services without being on a formal retainer. Others actively participated in agency covert operations by serving as "cut-outs," or intermediaries, and even by carrying out secret missions during foreign journeys.”Victor Marchetti1974
Victor MarchettiHelms asked his staff to find out just how many university personnel were under secret contract to the CIA. After a few days of investigation, senior CIA officers reported back that they could not find the answer. Helms immediately ordered a full study of the situation, and after more than a month of searching records all over the agency, a report was handed in to Helms listing hundreds of professors and administrators on over a hundred campuses. But the staff officers who compiled the report knew that their work was incomplete . Within weeks, another campus connection was exposed in the press. The contact was not on the list that had been compiled for the Director.”Victor Marchetti1974


Alumni on Wikispooks

Larry ArnoldSoldier
NORAD Commander Major General who on 9/11 "failed" to scramble fighters in a timely manner, allegedly due to the exercise Vigilant Guardian
Lloyd Austin8 August 1953USPolitician
United States Secretary of Defense
Rick BrightRestricted the use of hydroxychloroquine in US
Lester Crawford13 March 1938
Richard Myers1 March 1942
Wilton Persons19 January 18965 September 1977SoldierMilitary officer who was the White House Chief of Staff to President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Michael S. Rogers27 January 1954SpookCommander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of NSA
Paul J. Selva27 September 1958Soldier
Air Force general specializing in air supply operations who was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2015-2019.
Henry Shelton2 January 1942
Jimmy Wales7 August 1966Executive
Financial trader
Founder of super-influential Wikipedia. Tony Blair aide's is (strategically?) married to him.
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