$40 Million Heading to Nebraska, Thanks to Pentagon Spending Bill

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More than $40 million of the $416 billion Pentagon spending bill is slated to end up in Nebraska.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson and Republican Senator Chuck Hagel made the announcement Thursday.

Nelson said $47.2- million will go to research and development projects at Nebraska’s universities and to companies in Minden, Omaha and McCook. Included in the allocations are $2 million for a UNMC project to refine and test treatment for infectious organisms that have been used as weapons; $3.2 million for the University of Nebraska Omaha to develop cyber information security solutions; and $6 million for the development of the ExLog21 software system in McCook, which is used to process information such as status of vehicles, equipment and weapons on the battlefield.