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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 and NSRI deliver responsive, innovative research and solutions while developing the workforce of the future.

NSRI's Mission

Enable deterrence of, preparedness for and response to strategic national security threats across multiple domains through research and support.



The sustainment, modernization and application of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.


On advancing U.S. nonproliferation goals and evaluate compliance with nuclear, chemical and biological treaties and agreements.


With government, academia and industry to research, develop, test, evaluate, integrate and employ solutions to deter, detect, protect against and respond to strategic threats to U.S. national security.

A Decade of Delivering Solutions

Our Commitment

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Exploit the University of Nebraska and other academic institution capabilities to conduct critical research in addressing national security mission gaps.

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Leverage the NSRI UARC sole source contract vehicle and the unique NSRI convening environment to expedite research requirements.

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Partner with universities, agencies and communities of interest to deliver effective research solutions on the forefront of science, technology and policy.

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Anticipate emerging and unexpected threats and rapidly respond with focused, collaborative concepts and capabilities.

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Deliver game-changing solutions to the toughest national security mission challenges.

University Affiliated Research Center (UARC)

Established in 2012, NSRI is one of 15 UARCs in the nation engaged in a long-term, strategic partnership with the Department of Defense. The only UARC sponsored by a unified combatant command, NSRI provides mission-essential research and development capabilities for United States Strategic Command as well as other DoD components and federal agencies focused on strategic deterrence and national security.

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.

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

UARC Core Competencies

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

Innovative Capabilities

With the University of Nebraska, 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. 

Established in 2012

Work With NSRI

As USSTRATCOM’s University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska provides an invaluable understanding of strategic deterrence and CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our institute’s rapid-response capabilities can help meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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