Austin Yamada, a long-time national security executive with government and industry, has been named vice president for the intelligence business area at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation in Arlington, Va.

The corporation was established earlier this year with headquarters in Blacksburg and Arlington in order to foster applied research, development, and management of large-scale contract research projects. The applied research corporation will take advantage of and expand several of the university's areas of expertise, namely national security, energy, and health. The intelligence business area includes cyber security and information technology.

Yamada was deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism from 2000 to 2003. He performed extensive interagency and interdepartmental planning and coordination at the National Security Council level, and with law enforcement and first-responder elements at the federal, state, and local levels, and supported the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

From 1994 to 2000, he was director of the special advisory staff of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, supervising civilian and military personnel responsible for the policy development, program oversight, and operational approvals of some of the most sensitive national security activities.

Since leaving the Department of Defense, Yamada has continued to support national security, first as director of homeland defense with Lockheed Martin Systems Management, then as vice president for national security strategy with ManTech International Corporation, and most recently as senior vice president for strategy and business development with the QinetiQ North America Mission Solutions Group. With QinetiQ, he directed and managed the development and implementation of strategies and business development activities for defense, intelligence, aerospace, federal civilian, cyber security, and homeland security business areas – a $600 million line of business. He oversaw business intelligence, capture operations, proposal operations, and knowledge management activities.

"Austin has demonstrated his ability to achieve success in high-stress and demanding environments," said Thomas M. McNamara Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation.

"He has proven himself in management and operations with more than 20 years experience. And, of course, he is a Hokie."

Yamada holds a bachelor's degree in earth science from Montana State University, received a master's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981, and was a Senior Executive Fellow with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1991.

Yamada will start at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation on July 5. He can be reached at 703-879-8142.

The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation has been established to foster applied research, development, and management of large-scale contract research projects. It will extend the university’s fundamental research enterprise to applied, translational, and commercialization projects. The corporation operates in Blacksburg, Va., adjacent to campus, and in the National Capital Region with offices in the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington facility when it opens this spring.

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