U-M political scientist J. David Singer (December 1925- December 2009) founded the Correlates of War Project in 1963 for "the systematic accumulation of scientific knowledge about military conflict in order to end it." Over the years, Singer repeatedly expressed his hope that scientifically derived knowledge on war would be used by government leaders to produce better policy and minimize human suffering. The data his research produced is still used today by the U.S. Department of Defense and other military organizations.

Learn more about Singer and his story here.