$1 Million Contract Awarded to NSRI for USTRANSCOM Research at UNL

October 16, 2015

U.S. Strategic Command has awarded a contract through the 55th Contracting Squadron on behalf of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska. The award, valued at $1 million, is for continued research on incorporating traffic calming elements and roadway geometry to enhance safety and security at military entry control points. The work will be conducted at the Nebraska Transportation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

The goal of the research project is to simulate different types of traffic calming elements and validate their effectiveness in delaying and/or debilitating a threat vehicle through physical testing. This research will help to enhance safety and security at installation access control points and entry control facilities.

Dr. Laurence R. Rilett, Keith W. Klaasmeyer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at UNL will serve as principal investigator and lead a UNL research team. He also serves as the Director of the Mid-America Transportation Center and the Nebraska Transportation Center, which is the umbrella organization for all transportation research at the University of Nebraska.

Rilett states that “since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States military installations at home and abroad have implemented additional security measures to protect military and civilian personnel from ever present terrorist threats. Department of Defense is funding research to make the design and operation procedures for entry control points safer and more efficient. These procedures use roadway design, passive barriers, active barriers, and detection technology to slow traffic, to identify threats earlier and, ultimately, to mitigate the threat. UNL’s research team will provide detailed information about the delays produced by specific traffic control devices including speed humps and curbs. They have developed sophisticated computer simulations based on tests of vehicles interacting with these devices. Our faculty and staff at the Nebraska Transportation Center are well positioned to provide the expertise that USTRANSCOM requires.”

USTRANSCOM is one of nine Combatant Commands within the Department of Defense (DoD). The mission of USTRANSCOM is to provide air, land and sea transportation for the DoD, both in times of peace and times of war. NSRI Executive Director Bob Hinson, Lt Gen, USAF (ret) added that “the NSRI is a result of a partnership between U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the University of Nebraska. To be delivering research solutions to USSTRATCOM and USTRANSCOM, two of the nine Combatant Commands within the DoD, exemplifies the capabilities we have. The results of this contract will enhance USTRANSCOM’s ability to determine the latest breaking solutions to protect and defend our controlled entry facilities, nationwide.”

The NSRI, a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), located at the University of Nebraska, is one of 13 established UARC’s across the nation, delivering relevant and timely research solutions directly impacting DoD operations and national security

About NSRI
Founded in 2012, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska is the only University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) in the country dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and across other federal agencies. NSRI provides research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies in multiple mission-critical competency areas — including development of medical countermeasures to WMD; nuclear detection and forensics; consequence management; chemical and biological weapons detection; and space, cyber, and telecom law. Learn more at nsri.nebraska.edu.