Cooperation among the military, government agencies, and elite academic institutions is nothing new. In the United States, several elite schools work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to improve America’s power. Johns Hopkins University, for example, is leading the way in drone technology. But seldom can one see how the process begins and what the goals are for these programs—until now.

According to leaked documents provided to Varsity, the Cambridge University student newspaper, the British military has reached out to the United Kingdom’s top universities for assistance in improving its psychological warfare capabilities. More specifically, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) established the Human Social Science Research Capability (HSSRC) program in order to develop ways to influence human behavior in combat and non-combat situations. In exchange for their cooperation, the MoD promised millions in educational funds.

According to one of the leaked documents, “Cambridge researchers and collaborators would bring world-leading research in AHSS to support the armed services in diverse areas such as rapid decision-making in complex situations and in improving the wellbeing of service personnel with regard to recruitment, training and retention, family life, and gender.”

Some of the universities that answered the call were Lancaster University, Cambridge University, and Oxford University. The MoD didn’t limit its request only to universities; it also reached out to top defense companies such as BAE Systems and QinetiQ.