With 147 contract awards since 2012, NSRI and NU have delivered hundreds of research and technical products to decision makers and operators. Several of these solutions are currently deployed in the field.
We are proud of the many collaborations and innovations that have resulted in deliverables that help keep our country safe. Following are just three highlights.
Aircraft Airflow Testing
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, U.S. Transportation Command requested a joint, urgent, operational need for a high-capacity airlift of COVID-19 passengers. With Air Mobility Command, NSRI and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency executed biological aerosol airflow tests on the KC-135 Stratotanker, C-17 Globemaster III and C-130J Hercules aircraft, followed by tests on the KC-46 Pegasus, KC-10 Extender and C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft — in just seven days. NSRI’s rapid response and deliverables assured the DOD that the U.S. could safely transport its warfighters home during the pandemic.
Pictured: NSRI scientists collect samples onboard an aircraft during testing.Read release
Research for Strategic Deterrence
U.S. Strategic Command recently sponsored a strategic multi-layer assessment reach-back analytic effort to inform senior leader decision-making strategies that address the complex challenges now posed by having to face not one but two determined nuclear rivals. NSRI researchers were key players, producing three research papers pro bono in less than two months. As a follow-on, NSRI’s team of nuclear enterprise experts were also contracted to research, analyze and recommend strategies to address the challenges posed in the “new” tripolar deterrence era, in which China, Russia and the U.S. are the key actors.
Pictured: Dr. Christopher Yeaw, NSRI associate executive director, moderates panel at 2022 Deterrence Symposium.NSRI Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Programs
Traffic Calming Elements
Since 2013 researchers and students from the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility within the College of Engineering have worked to incorporate traffic calming elements and roadway geometry to enhance security and safety at military entry control points. Primarily focused on the objectives of U.S. Transporation Command, the four projects have continued to provide innovative solutions and products for military and even civilian use.
Pictured: Action shot from UNL Midwest Roadside Safety Facility during testing.Read article