Defense & Security Research Institute (DSRI)
The Defense & Security Research Institute leverages the University of Arizona’s research strengths to create economic alliances with Arizona and the nation’s defense and security industries. Arizona has the fifth-largest aerospace and defense economy in the country and is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Raytheon, and others with whom the UA already has strong relationships. Led by Austin Yamada, with decades of executive national security experience in government, industry, and academia and as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, the DSRI enhances the University’s valued partnerships by matching the research needs of defense and security initiatives with our equipment and expertise.
Other Transaction Authority
What is Other Transaction Authority?
DSRI Program Manager Chris Fox explains the usefulness of Other Transaction Authority (OTA), a flexible and user-friendly legal tool for doing business with the Department of Defense.
National Security Lecture Oct. 25
Elsa B. Kania, an adjunct fellow with the Center for a New American Security's Technology and National Security Program, will be a special guest lecturer Tuesday, October 25 in the College of Optical Sciences Room 821, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Kania focuses on Chinese defense innovation in emerging technologies in support of the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative.
Networking Season for DSRI
DSRI staff members are busy planning and attending several national security conferences this academic year.
Q&A with Cadet Kendall Johnson on the Meaning of Service
Arizona Wildcat, ROTC Cadet, DSRI intern and so much more: Kendall Johnson is spending this academic year abroad on a Boren Scholarship in Amman, Jordan.
Learning from the Best
DSRI has taken on four interns for the 2018-19 academic year. At the start of the school year, we asked what led them to their chosen majors and extracurricular involvement, and what advice they have for future Wildcats considering careers in the nation’s defense and security industries.
Eric Vergara Joins DSRI as Senior Analyst
Eric Vergara has joined DSRI as Senior Information Security Analyst. His role is to support a new secure research computing environment required for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Eric will work with UA researchers to assess project information security requirements and other compliance controls.