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Mission Impact

With the University of Nebraska at Kearney

The Mission

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


NSRI carries the DOD University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) designation on behalf of the University of Nebraska System (NU) and each NU campus. This designation is sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. NU/NSRI is one of only 15 DOD UARCs in the country. It was established in 2012.

NSRI Fellows

Six UNK researchers have joined the institute as NSRI Fellows to engage closer with NSRI's mission and staff. Fellows are nominated by their peers, confirmed by campus research offices and appointed by NSRI leadership to apply their expertise to national security challenges. In 2023, 10 working groups were formed to focus technical conversations and position expertise for opportunities. Fellows also lead and attend the annual NSRI Fellows Conference to engage with each other, current and former government sponsors and NSRI staff.

Kim Carlson


Keith Geluso


Angela Hollman

Cyber Systems

Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer


Julie Shaffer


Melissa Wuellner


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The Latest

NSRI visits UNK to explore capabilities, opportunities


In November 2023, NSRI representatives Dr. Terry Thiem (pictured left), director for medical countermeasures, and Lisa Chudomelka, program manager for engagement, visited with 16 faculty and administrators at UNK. Pictured right: Dr. Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer, associate professor of analytical chemistry.

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Melissa Wuellner serves as panelist at 2023 NSRI Fellows Conference

Dr. Melissa Wuellner, UNK associate professor of biology, was a panelist during the food, agriculture and environment security session of the NSRI Fellows Conference, April 26, 2023.

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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


Five more UNK faculty members named National Strategic Research Institute Fellows
UNK News | NSRI Fellows Paul Burger, Chris Exstrom, Krista Forrest, Austin Nuxoll & Basheer Qolomany
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

NSRI At A Glance

Pushing the institute over the $250 million milestone in fall 2023 was its second highest-performing federal fiscal year on record — $45 million in awards secured. During the 2023 academic fiscal year, NSRI returned $3 for every $1 the University of Nebraska System invested in the institute.
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$255 Million

Total awards
since 2012

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since 2012

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NU principal investigators leading projects through NSRI since 2012

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Current, active projects
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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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