Yamada leads an interdisciplinary center that helps identify and coordinate significant defense and security research opportunities, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and public and private partnerships, and help UA faculty and research teams obtain new sources of funding.
Before his UA appointment in April 2015, Austin served as Vice President for Intelligence Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation where he was responsible for extending the university’s fundamental research enterprise to applied, translational, and commercialization projects in intelligence and national security.
Austin had served eight years in senior positions at several defense contractors, including as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at QinetiQ North America Mission Solutions Group from 2009-2011; as Vice President for National Security Strategy at ManTech International Corporation from 2006-2009; and as Director of Business Development and Homeland Security at Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2003-2006.
Austin began his federal service at the Defense Mapping Agency in 1978, and was a career civil servant in various positions throughout his 25-year career in the Department of Defense, most notably as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2000-2003, where he was responsible for oversight of the United States Special Operations Command and the counterterrorism operations of the Department of Defense.
He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Director, Special Advisory Staff (1995-2000) where he was responsible for the oversight of sensitive activities of the DoD, including covert action, sensitive reconnaissance operations, and special access programs. He also served as Senior Advisor for Imagery Intelligence in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (1990-1995), and as the Defense Mapping Agency Liaison to ASD(C3I) (1985-1990).
Austin received numerous awards for his government service, including achieving the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.
He earned a B.S. degree in Earth Science from Montana State University in 1975 and a Master of Engineering Degree in Remote Sensing and Analytical Photogrammetry from Virginia Tech in 1981.
A graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, the Department of State Senior Seminar, Austin was an Intelligence Community Fellow at the Wye Institute and a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was also a contributing author to Vaults, Mirrors and Masks: Reinventing Counterintelligence, Georgetown University Press, 2009.