University of Nebraska receives major UARC contract from U.S. Strategic Command

The University of Nebraska was recently awarded an $84 million grant by the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Command to help detect and prevent major attacks against the United States using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

The university will use the money to create a University-Affiliated Research Center, according to the

The UARC will also conduct research into CBRN detection, passive defense against weapons of mass destruction and related consequence management.

General C. Robert Kehler said that the UARC will have a different set of goals than its 13 related institutions, particularly because of its focus.

"This is the first of its kind to focus on combating weapons of mass destruction," Kehler said, reports.

A permanent home for the research center has not been decided on. For now, its work will be distributed across multiple locations where its research is being conducted.

Research opportunities gained though the UARC are expected to grow in the coming years, but the initial DOD contract provides for up to $84 million in funding over the next five years to support its early activities.

"The UARC is good for the university, it's good for Nebraska and it's good for our country," NU President J.B. Milliken said, reports.

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