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Mission Impact

With the University of Nebraska at Kearney

NSRI At A Glance

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$207.5 Million

Total awards
since 2012

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Total contracts and grants
since 2012

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NU principal investigators leading projects through NSRI since 2012

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Current, active projects
contracted through NSRI

Recent Projects

Nuclear deterrence theory for a multi-polar world

Through an NSRI IRAD project, Dr. Jacques Bou Abdo, UNK assistant professor of cyber systems, and NU colleagues aim to extend game theory and agent-based modeling to gain insight into this tripolar dynamic. Game theory is an important tool that is used to help decision makers understand how individuals, groups and nations may interact when engaging with one another.

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Mitigating cyber vulnerabilities induced via electromagnetic spectrum pathways

Under the umbrella of electromagnetic spectrum operations, two NU students recently investigated best practices to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities induced via radio frequency (RF) pathways. A specific interest area in this research is whether crowd-sourced ethical hacking could be a viable solution. Understanding the latest RF threat mitigation efforts emerging in the commercial world, which was the focus on the students’ work, will allow for more informed recommendations to guide U.S. Strategic Command's cybersecurity.

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Celebrating A Decade

NSRI Fellows

Through the NSRI fellows program, NSRI brings UNK researchers closer to its mission space, supports their endeavors and optimizes innovation.

Kim Carlson


Keith Geluso


Angela Hollman

Cyber Systems

Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer


Julie Shaffer


Melissa Wuellner


NSRI Fellows

Featured Researchers

Jacques Bou Abdo

"I come from a country where we have security conflicts on a regular basis. In 2012, we had ISIS closer to my hometown than Lincoln is to Kearney. That was just one of many security incidents. Around 2000, we had another organization similar to ISIS, and before that was the civil war."

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Melissa Wuellner

"Prior to learning about NSRI, I never fathomed that I would work on national security. I like to think about complex problems, and national security is in that realm."

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News, Features & Mentions

Student of NSRI: Jordan Schnell researches cyber security concepts for U.S. Strategic Command
Junior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney 
#NSRIFellow Feature: Dr. Melissa Wuellner
Associate professor of biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Julie Shaffer named interim senior vice chancellor
UNK News | NSRI Fellow Julie Shaffer
Biology professor Keith Geluso appointed as NSRI Fellow
UNK News | NSRI Fellow Keith Geluso
The effects of exogenously applied antioxidants on plant growth and resilience
Springer Link | NSRI Fellows: Nicole Buan & Melissa Wuellner

Work with NSRI

NSRI is NU's University Affiliated Research Center

The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska (NU) is one of just 15 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) designated by the Department of Defense in the country. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliated with NU and sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

  • As a UARC, NSRI is a trusted agent of the federal government and DOD. It's primary customer is USSTRATCOM, but it conducts research and support across the DOD and with other federal government agencies with national security missions.
  • As NU's UARC, NSRI strategically engages university researchers, administrators and students to understand the university's capabilities and expertise so it can connect to current and potential DOD and federal government sponsors. These engagements are also used to bring forward specific customer challenges to solicit responses from NU experts.

NSRI receives funding primarily through task orders via an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle through USSTRATCOM. The UARC designation and IDIQ contract vehicle provide an efficient contracting process for the federal government and DOD — more than 40 federal government agencies have leveraged this process to work with NU researchers and NSRI scientists.

NU researchers choose to work through NSRI to:

  • Gain access to potential funding for their work
  • Build their body of work with the purpose of helping our country's warfighters
  • Apply their expertise to defense challenges

In pursuit of its mission, NSRI guides its work, collaborations and partnerships through its:


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