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Nelson Applauds Announcement of the National Strategic Research Institute

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Today, Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson applauded a University of Nebraska announcement that the university will be partnering with the Department of Defense to create a new University Affiliated Research Center. The new National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska will work closely with the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and focus on conducting research to address current and emerging national security challenges, with a primary focus of strengthening STRATCOM's mission of global deterrence and providing the tools needed to address the challenges and threats of the 21st Century.

"Nebraska should be proud to be named the new home of the National Strategic Research Institute," said Senator Nelson at a news conference at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "The addition of the research institute will not only strengthen STRATCOM's defense mission, it will utilize the University of Nebraska's considerable research capabilities, while contributing significantly to Nebraska's growing reputation as an integral part of our national security efforts."

As Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Senator Nelson has worked with officials at STRATCOM and the Department of Defense promoting the need for the research to address new threats facing our nation. After years of planning and discussion, the University of Nebraska was chosen among a competitive pool of universities to partner with STRATCOM in the creation of the National Strategic Research Institute.

"As the National Strategic Research Institute, the University of Nebraska becomes only the 14th university designated by the Department of Defense as one of its research centers joining the ranks of such prestigious universities as MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Penn State," said Nelson. "The University of Nebraska would not have received this designation if it hadn't shown that it can aggressively compete as a world-class research facility making sure that Nebraskans contribute to the needs of the country while being beneficial to our state and nation both."

The Research Institute will work with STRATCOM in the areas of nuclear detection and forensics; detection of chemical and biological weapons; defense against weapons of mass destruction; consequence management; as well as space, cyber and telecommunications law. This research will directly support STRATCOM's national defense missions and contribute significantly to the detection, deterrence and prevention of attacks against the United States.

"With today's announcement followed, coincidentally, by Friday's ground breaking for the new STRATCOM headquarters at Offutt, the role of STRATCOM has never been more important to our nation's security. This is also good news for Nebraska's economy. STRATCOM and the University of Nebraska are already powerful economic engines driving our state and now will be helping to generate even more jobs and growth," said Nelson. "Today's announcement is truly monumental for Nebraska, and I look forward to seeing all the new opportunities this facility brings to our great state."

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