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Committed Mission

NSRI helps the Department of Defense and other federal agencies meet evolving national security objectives in multiple domains. Scientists from the University of Nebraska System and NSRI deliver responsive, innovative research and solutions while developing the workforce of the future.

National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI)


Provide novel research, technology, training and expertise to improve the U.S. capability to deter, interdict and respond to strategic threats.


Provide innovative and timely solutions designed to keep our warfighters and nation safe — today and tomorrow.


University Affiliated Research Center

In 2012 the University of Nebraska System (NU) and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) engaged in a long-term, strategic partnership by creating a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) designated by the Department of Defense (DOD). NSRI was established to carry the UARC credential for NU.

The only UARC sponsored by a unified combatant command, NSRI provides mission-essential research and development capabilities for USSTRATCOM as well as other DOD components and federal agencies focused on strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction.

NSRI works to fulfill needs within each of its UARC core competencies, areas of expertise in key technical areas.

NSRI's UARC Core Competencies

  • Nuclear Detection and Forensics
  • Detection of Chemical and Biological Weapons
  • Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Consequence Management
  • Mission-Related Research

NSRI receives funding from project sponsors through contracts generated from a sole-source, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with USSTRATCOM, as well as other direct contract vehicles and grants.

Innovative Capabilities

With the University of Nebraska System, NSRI delivers technology, product and strategy development, training, exercises and subject matter expert advice across the spectrum of national security threats and across multiple domains. NSRI harnesses its many capabilities through focus areas, which relate to the defined UARC core competencies (above). 



We work together effectively to directly support the warfighter and the nation.


Through our actions, we are trusted to honorably serve our sponsors and end users and protect their interests.


We strive to produce more than what is expected of us.


We value teamwork and collaboration as a means to produce relevant and cost-effective solutions.


We seek new, forward-thinking and unconventional solutions.


We stand ready to protect against low-probability but high-consequence events.

Connect With NSRI

As the DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska System, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) delivers solutions for strategic deterrence and CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our rapid-response capabilities and efficient contracting vehicle can help federal government program managers meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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