“Although we have been working on various aspects of this problem across the School of Engineering and with colleagues in Arts & Sciences, the awarding of the DTRA University Strategic Partnership Program has provided the impetus to found this Institute.”
It looks at three areas: Complexity Theory/Networks, Communication and Control, and Physical Threats. This institute was funded through the contract given by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to UNM to study High Power Electromagnetic Threats to Critical Infrastructure. See https://elloborojo.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/unm-gets-grant-of-over-50-million-from-army-in-2003/
The first director was Edl Schamiloglu, the developer of the E-Bomb: https://elloborojo.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/unm-sponsors-research-on-the-e-bomb/
Schamiloglu also published a paper on High Power Microwave Weapons: http://ece.unm.edu/ifis/papers/MTT.pdf
The collaborating organizations are the New Mexico Office of Homeland Security, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico State University, University of Maryland, and Ohio State University. The sponsoring agencies are Defense Threats Reduction Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory/DEHE, National Science Foundation, Structural Dynamics Engineering Division, Sandia National Laboratories.
IFIS NEWS. Vol. 1, No. 1. Fall 2004.