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Norwich advances research on national and global challenges and facilitates open intellectual exchange and knowledge sharing through its affiliated centers, institutes, and events.

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. We conduct rapid research, develop and deploy needed technologies, address related policy and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of this nation and to prepare its graduates to deal with threats to an American way of life and builds on the University's status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Our Mission

NUARI is co-located with Norwich University in beautiful Northfield, Vermont. NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs; by conducting rapid research, development and deployment of needed technologies; and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission through development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders; communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions; and business and industry associations and entities..

Our Institutes

Established in 2002, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) studies and develops solutions to critical national and global issues. NUARI partners with a broad range of stakeholder organizations, including the federal government, the U.S. military, NGOs, and business associations. NUARI is made up of five institutes:
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Our Team

Phil Susmann

President NUARI, Norwich University VP of Strategic Partnerships.

Educational background


  • MBA, Clarkson College of Technology
  • BS, Norwich University

Phil Susmann, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University is responsible for new business initiatives at Norwich University. Mr. Susmann has been at NU for 27 years as a faculty member, academic leader, Chief Information Officer, and recently responsible for creating a research and development activity – Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, NUARI. NUARI is responsible for the development of the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Exercises, DECIDE the platform used to deliver two large scale financial sector exercise Quantum Dawn 1 & 2. In addition, NUARI has developed, in partnership with USU Space Dynamics Lab Cyber SMART, a cyber exercise scenario development tool.


Chairman, Robert B. Mack
Chairman for the NUARI Board of Directors
Eric Braman
Secretary Treasurer, NUARI

Prior to joining NUARI when it was formed in Jan 2003, Eric Braman served as Deputy Commandant for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. His tenure at Norwich followed a military career spanning over 32 years, culminating as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, National Guard Bureau. His academic degrees include a MA in National Security & Strategic Studies, a MS in Business Management and a BA in Political Science.


Andy Zybas
Project Manager Defense Technologies Research Institute, NUARI.

The Defense Technologies Research Institute (DTRI) was established to leverage technology as a significant enabler to enhanced performance on a complex, asymmetrical battlefield. Our battle-experienced personnel provide a unique link between the current user and the private sector provider of an emerging technology. Specifically, DTRI promotes research and development of advanced man portable systems in the areas of visual augmentation, sensors, mobility equipment, communications and information assurance, and force protection by seeking to adopt, adapt, or modify existing or new technologies that provide expanded capabilities to US forces.


Dr. Robert R. Greene Sands, Anthropologist
Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language(ISCL) at Norwich University, NUARI

Dr. Sands teaches in the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and is Editor of the ISCL's online Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS). From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Sands was Culture Chair, then Chair, of the Cross-Cultural Competence Department, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL. He was also Director of the Minerva Initiative for Energy and Environmental Security during his tenure at Air University. Dr. Sands is a consultant supporting the development of culture and cross-cultural competence programs across the Department of Defense. He is also an accomplished presenter and speaker and has presented to organizations such as AFRICOM, 17th Air Force, the US Air Force Expeditionary Center, the Joint Chaplains College, Special Operations Command, the JAG School, Advanced Air Mobility Operations, Joint Military Attaché School, Joint Foreign Area Officer Phase One course, Defense and National Intelligence professionals, among others. Dr. Sands has authored seven books and numerous chapters and articles on topics such as cross-cultural competence, environmental security, building partnerships and sustainability, sport and culture, ethnographic theory, and the cognitive origins of religion. His seventh book (co-authored with Allison Greene-Sands) is Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military Culture: the Flipside of COIN (2013, Lexington Books). Dr. Sands holds a BA from Illinois State University, an MA from Iowa State University and a PhD from University of Illinois, all in anthropology.


Dr. Ashok Vaseashta
Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and Int'l Clean Water Institute. NUARI

Dr. Vaseashta previously served as a Foster Fellow to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, working with the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and with the Terrorism and Foreign Consequence Management Program. He has also been a professor of physics at Marshall University's Graduate Program in Physical Sciences, where he was the Director of the Nanomaterials Processing & Characterization Laboratories. He holds a visiting professorship at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest, Romania and is visiting scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Dr. Vaseashta has earned several other fellowships and awards for his meritorious service including 2004/2005 Distinguished Artist and Scholar award. Dr. Vaseashta's research interests include counter-terrorism; advanced and nanomaterials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors; water safety and security; environmental pollution monitoring, detecting and remediation; and green nanotechnology. Dr. Vaseashta is one of the leading researchers in the field of green nanotechnology. Dr. Vaseashta has authored over 200 research publications, edited/authored four books on nanotechnology, presented many keynote addresses and lectures worldwide on nanotechnology, environmental risk-assessment, and water safety and security. He served as the Director of three NATO Advanced Study Institutes and co-chair of an International Symposium on Nanotechnology. He also joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST, and ANSI delegation to the U.K. representing the U.S. position on Standards in Nanotechnologies at the inaugural meeting of the ISO/TAG to TC-229. He is a member of NATO-SET-040, an exploratory team panel investigating security and surveillance applications of nanotechnology. He serves as an expert counsel to the UNESCO, ObservatoryNANO, and COSENT – south-east consortium on Nanotechnologies on NANO-Science and Technologies. He is an active member of several national and international professional organizations. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech,, a Master's Degree in Materials Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Delhi. Dr. Vaseashta speaks Japanese and French..


Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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