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chemical & biological threat detection & countermeasure development

NSRI and University of Nebraska Capabilities

Our collaborative efforts have immediate and substantial impacts to the capability and safety of those responsible for protecting the country and its citizens from WMDs and highly infectious disease.

Applied Biology
Execution of R&D laboratory studies to develop detection, collection, identification, and exploitation capabilities

Technical Collection
Development of intelligence collection, field exploitation, and forensic capabilities

Hazard Mitigation
Development of decontamination, consequence mitigation, and remediation capabilities

Testing & Evaluation
Facilitation of advanced development acquisition support and DoD Testing and Evaluation activities

Aerosol & Environmental Science
Execution of Aerosol laboratory studies and environmental characterization and dissemination defeat efforts

Materials Biology
Execution of Nano Biology focused studies on substrate effects, binding kinetics, and surface integration properties

Threat & Effects
Development of Intelligence analysis, effects modeling, and simulation studies

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CWMD defense research, support for DTRA

Since 2016, NSRI scientists have leveraged University of Nebraska researchers, students, facilities and technology to help bolster the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's expertise by fielding new detection capabilities and diagnostic methods. In total, more than 40 projects have been funded through these efforts, 30 with direct contributions from the NU campuses. A new contract will allow this critical work to continue through 2024.
USTRANSCOM Airframe Testing

Urgent military aircraft testing and validation

To maintain readiness amidst COVID-19, NSRI scientists with Air Force and Nebraska National Guard personnel tested seven types of aircraft at the 155th Air Refueling Wing in Lincoln within days. The threat of warfighters sick with COVID-19 and stranded in far-off places was a mission-critical threat. As a trusted-agent of the Department of Defense, NSRI’s response was rapid and accurate.

Transcom Aims to Reduce COVID-19 Exposure on Aircraft
U.S. Department of Defense | September 4, 2020

USTRANSCOM releases results from study testing risk of COVID exposure on contracted aircraft
U.S. Transportation Command | Oct. 15, 2020

Aerosol tracer testing in Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft to simulate exposure potential of infectious aerosol such as SARS-CoV-2
PLOS ONE | December 1, 2021

UAS testing

Expanding UAS detection capabilities

NSRI and NU unmanned aircraft projects include both fixed-wing chemical and biological detection devices, which expands the chemical and biological work of the last couple of years. The new systems are being developed at the request of government, military and commercial end-users who will use them to help protect military installations and other environments where biological WMD are suspected.

NSRI Fellow Feature: Becoming a robot doctor, Brittany Duncan, Ph.D., co-director of the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems Lab

NSRI student researcher earns National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship

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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 CBRNE-related requirements gaps. Our Institute’s rapid-response capabilities can help meet your research and solutions needs. Connect with us to find out what we can accomplish together.

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