The University of Nebraska announced Thursday that it has entered into a long-term partnership with the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base to create a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC).
The UARC will serve as a primary research and development center that supports USSTRATCOM's missions to deter and detect strategic attacks against the United States and its allies, and to defend the nation as directed.
The university will provide research and development services for USSTRATCOM in areas in which NU faculty have demonstrated significant strength, such as nuclear detection and forensics, detection of chemical and biological weapons, passive defense against weapons of mass destruction, consequence management, and space, cyber and telecommunications law.
The initial contract award from the Department of Defense to the university provides for up to $84 million over the next five years to support the early research activities of the National Strategic Research Institute. Research opportunities through the UARC are expected to grow significantly in the coming years, and the university anticipates additional funding in the future.
Only 14 U.S. institutions, including the University of Nebraska, host a UARC. All UARCs are affiliated with leading research universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University and others.
"The UARC is a tremendous distinction for the University of
Nebraska which recognizes the outstanding capabilities of our faculty," NU
President James B. Milliken said.
Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the United States Strategic Command, said that "this UARC will create an important strategic relationship between DoD and the University of Nebraska, and will provide STRATCOM and the DoD essential engineering and research."