The University of Nebraska announced Thursday that it hasentered into a long-term partnership with the United States Strategic Command(USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base to create a University-AffiliatedResearch Center (UARC).
The UARC will serve as a primary research anddevelopment center that supports USSTRATCOM's missions to deter and detectstrategic attacks against the United States and its allies, and to defend thenation as directed.
Theuniversity will provide research and development services for USSTRATCOM inareas in which NU faculty have demonstrated significant strength, such as nuclear detection andforensics, detection of chemical and biological weapons, passive defenseagainst weapons of mass destruction, consequence management, and space, cyberand telecommunications law.
The initial contract award from the Department of Defense tothe university provides for up to $84 million over the next five years tosupport the early research activities of the National Strategic ResearchInstitute. Research opportunities through the UARC are expected to growsignificantly in the coming years, and the university anticipates additionalfunding 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 ofNebraska which recognizes the outstanding capabilities of our faculty," NUPresident James B. Milliken said.
Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the United StatesStrategic Command, said that "this UARC will create an important strategicrelationship between DoD and the University of Nebraska, and will provideSTRATCOM and the DoD essential engineering and research."