U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today applauded the announcement of a U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) to be established with the University of Nebraska. A $17 million initial contract, awarded to the University of Nebraska, creates the partnership and opens new doors of opportunity in defense-related research.
"A strong and innovative military that continues to evolve is vitally important to our national security," Johanns said. "The establishment of this center will advance cutting edge defense research in our state, which will help to continue the University of Nebraska's tradition of research excellence as well as conduct important work critical for STRATCOM, Nebraska and the nation."
The University of Nebraska has been engaged in defense-related research for more than a decade. However, this center formalizes the University's role in conducting research to support STRATCOM and has the potential to increase nationwide attention paid to its research. It also acknowledges the University of Nebraska's expertise in the area of defense research, showcasing the University's ability to conduct advanced research in the areas of nuclear detection, chemical and biological weapons, as well as international space and cyber law.
First established in 1996, there are currently 14 UARC's in the U.S. This is the first center affiliated with a Unified Command. UARCs advance specific military and defense missions.