Defense and Security Research Institute

Arizona has the fifth largest aerospace and defense economy in the nation and is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force BaseFort HuachucaRaytheon, and other key players 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 a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, the DSRI makes the University an even more attractive partner to those entities, with its excellence in the disciplines that play a role in defense and security initiatives.

The interdisciplinary institute was designed to help pave the way for new, mutually beneficial partnerships between the UA, industry and the federal government by integrating research strengths from across the UA to provide unique solutions to complex problems in the defense and security communities. Among these strengths are optical sciences, astronomy, engineering, materials, energy, medical technologies, environmental research, and social sciences.

DSRI's Mission and Goals

The DSRI has three major objectives:

  • To identify and coordinate significant defense and security research opportunities
  • To help UA faculty and research teams obtain new sources of funding through interdisciplinary collaborations and public and private partnerships
  • To serve as the UA's front door to the external defense community.

The Institute aims to expand the University's strengths in those areas while helping the UA to reach its goal of increasing research expenditures from $600 million to $756.6 million by 2025.

The DSRI provides defense- and security-related agency expertise, and puts in place mechanisms to support and facilitate research for defense and security customers. These mechanisms include contract vehicles, facilities, and access to other transaction authorities that will help build UA's reputation as a "trusted partner" to develop/leverage/expand collaborations with the government, industry, and academia.