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Wednesday, March 19, 1986
ore defense research boosts UNL
By James Rupprecht
electrical engineering department, said Although some basic UNL research
there is no question that the research may appear to have no direct military
he does for his Army grant can be used applications, Pentagon-funded research
for Star Wars." is required by the Mansfield Amend-
Bahar recently finished work on a merit of 1971 to "relate to a specific
212-year project for the Air Force in military lunction."
As electromagnetic waves pass
through airborne particulates, they are
scattered and depolarized this is just
One Of Several UNL research projects .whirhhPfitiiHioHwavcrrtrlaecifuMrf'.r Some research, hnwevpr hsKsmnrpnf
that the Pentagon pays for. signatures, the unique patterns that a military application than others.
According to a recent report by the are reflected when an object is scanned Currently, military research at UNL
American Friends Service Committee, by radar. ranges from Dennis Alexander's study
LW? . His current project, which is being of high-power lasers and how they
.nU.v,vMu.u,u,vUwW,uW funded by the Army, nvolves electro- mwraci wun aerosol particles to uon
in new nr active ffrnnts frnm th no. .. " mi.. r
in new or active grants from the De
partment of Defense during the 1984
fiscal year. UNO got $49,000.
UNL's figure, which appears large, is
rather insignificant when compared to
the $l.Ub9 billion in DoD research and
development contracts that were active
"I can't say what the specific mil
itary use of this research is because the
Army has asked me not to," he said.
"But on the other hand, I don't want
people to think that we're here build-
at more than 230 institutions during ing weapons to destroy the earth with,
the same period. Recent DoD figures The? JDoD) ask us nLot ton say anything
estimate that this number may reach a ,80 the my, t.he ,?ussms don,t
peace-time high of $39.3 billion by the know what we re doin&
1986 fiscal year, the AFSC report said. According to DoD records, all the
In 1984. Johns Honkins University research at UNL falls into the non-
was the DoD's leading researcher, with
$272 million in contracts. MIT was
second, with $260 million.
Nelson's study of communication sys
tem switching networks.
Alexander, an associate professor in
the mechanical engineering department,
said his work deals with high-power
lasers interacting with miliary gear
like tanks or planes.
Nelson said that on the opposite end
of the scale, his communications work
has many civilian applications.
"The idea is to use telephone lines
to transmit data," he said. "We're
studying the ways to tune them for
With university funding dropping,
many faculty members are looking to
the military as a way to fund new
Frazier Williams, a professor in elec
trical engineering, is one such person.
Williams has submitted a proposal to
study switches for very high voltages
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classified 6.1 category basic research
on topical issues, Freise said.
"We won't accept any research which
In the Big Eight, Colorado led with s classified m any way," Freise said.
$1,837 million in contracts, while Mis- But the AFSC report noted some pro
souri was second at $1,269 million, jects, which as a whole would be classi
Nebraska was sixth, followed only by fied, are divided into several "basic"
Oklahoma and Iowa State, the report sub-projects and given to individual
said. " researchers at different institutions.
The trend toward increased military The report noted that the true military such as those found in particle accel-
research spending on college campuses applications of some projects also could erators necessary for the "Star Wars"
has held true at UNL. be hidden similarly. project.
Earl Freise, assistant vice chancel
lor for research, said six UNL faculty
members have DoD-sponsored research
grants and 18 to 20 proposals are
Records show that DoD grants now
total more than $600,000, almost dou
ble last year's amount. Freise noted
that none of these existing grants were
for the Strategic Defense Initiative, or
Star Wars research.
But several of the researchers dis
agreed with Freise.
Ezekial Bahar, a professor in the
ill could hinder bargaining
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