October 2, 2014

University of Nebraska contract with STRATCOM could be worth $84M (AUDIO)

University of Nebraska officials have signed a contract with the United States Strategic Command to conduct research for the military, an agreement that could be worth as much as $84 million.

Nebraska University President J. B. Milliken and Gen. Robert Kehler held a news conference this morning at STRATCOM located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Milliken said the university has been awarded a contract to establish a new initiative.

AUDIO: NU President J. B. Milliken [:40]

All four university campuses will participate in the research project that will include students, faculty and staff. Nebraska University will receive research funding that ranges from $30 to $84- million over the next five years, the term of the contract. It could be extended and officials with STRATCOM and the University of Nebraska stated they hope it continues for decades.

University Affiliated Research Center Executive Director Bob Hinson stated the university will produce research for STRATCOM to aid with national security.

AUDIO: UARC Executive Director Bob Hinson [:40]

The University of Nebraska becomes one of 14 universities that have UARC agreements. The new center will help support the military’s effort to detect weapons of mass destruction, support telecommunications and all other aspects of our national security.