Magilton Part of Research Team to Receive NSRI Grant Funding

13 Aug 2021    

University of Nebraska Omaha Assistant Political Science Professor Michelle Black is leading a research team focused on multi-actor deterrence analysis. Elsbeth Magilton, ’11, the executive director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center and the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program is a contributing researcher.

 The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska has awarded the project $25,000 as part of its inaugural independent research and development (IRAD) funding.


Project description:

The multi-actor deterrence analysis methodology was developed and tested during the project, “Enabling Coherent Deterrence – A Multi-Actor Approach (2019-2020)” funded through NSRI by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  

Through NSRI IRAD funding, the approved and tested methodology will be updated based on feedback from NATO and additional interdisciplinary research. With a focus on automation to increase efficiency, additional innovative and complex scenarios will be developed to further test the methodology and increase the speed of analysis. 

The long-term objective is to offer a novel and comprehensive framework and methodology to aid U.S. deterrence practitioners, potentially allowing U.S. agencies to integrate decision calculi and deterrence objectives of multiple non-state and state actors.

Extended project details for all projects being funded is available at