NSRI Receives ACES Funding Award for IT Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

April 08, 2016

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD), Emerging Capability and Prototyping, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Office has awarded a research contract to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska for Advanced Collaboration Enterprise Services (ACES).

The research contract requires the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska to design and demonstrate a technology suite that will help national leadership to accomplish three things.  First, allow for more interactive engagement within the Department of Defense (DOD) Operations Centers.  Second, enable enhanced collaboration capabilities for decision-making.  And third, provide a flexible platform that facilitates shared access to data regardless of classification and/or mission boundaries.

A research team at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will engage with information technology professionals who are the best in their fields from the Triangle Experience Group.  The team will leverage existing information technology solutions developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) Advanced Collaboration Enterprise Services (ACES) program. 

“Our aim is to develop improved collaboration, interaction, and visualization proofs-of-concept in support of a National Event/Exercise or Regional Exercise supporting a National Event for National Senior Leadership”, states Dr. Doug Derrick, Assistant Professor, IT Innovation at UNO.  Derrick will serve as principal investigator and lead the UNO research team.  “Our faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha are well positioned to provide the expertise that ACES requires.”  

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 ACES, for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, exemplifies the capabilities we have.  The results of this contract will enhance our nation’s ability to determine the latest breaking solutions to protect and defend the DOD’s computer-based systems, 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