Statement from University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken on the National Defense Authorization Act
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today issued the following statement on the National Defense Authorization Act, which was advanced out of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday:
“We are grateful for Senator Nelson’s efforts to secure funding for important research at the University of Nebraska. The funds he requested in the National Defense Authorization Act would help the university continue to build research capacity in areas of significant strength – areas which will contribute to the development of new tools for protecting and treating our armed forces.
“While earmarks make up a very small percentage of the federal budget, these targeted investments are critical to the University of Nebraska’s research efforts, and we believe they benefit our nation. We appreciate Senator Nelson’s effective advocacy on behalf of the University.”
The legislation includes authorization of funding for the following University of Nebraska research projects:
- $3 million to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for development of a handheld telemedicine device to assist military medics caring for injured soldiers.
- $3 million to UNMC for development of a device to restore functional vision for those blinded by trauma or eye disease.
- $5 million to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to improve software that will allow unmanned aircraft systems to adjust to their environments.
- $3 million to UNL for development of high-energy storage devices with improved productivity, reduced cost and energy and operational efficiencies.
- $1.5 million to UNL to further develop novel protective materials for soldiers that can trap and destroy airborne biological and chemical toxins.