Austin Branch


Austin Branch joined the COLSA Corporation in July 2015 after serving almost 30 years in Federal service as an Army Officer and Senior Civilian. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1986 from The Citadel, Charleston S.C. and went on to serve in multiple Command and Staff positions in conflict and in peace becoming the Army's first Information Operations Officer. Austin pioneered military operations in the information environment in key leadership positions in the Army and Joint Organizations across the globe. Upon retirement from the Army, Austin joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence as the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations for the Defense Policy Analysis Office, and in 2008 was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive as Senior Advisor for Defense Information Operations. In 2010, Austin was selected by the Secretary of Defense to lead the Information Operations and Military Information Support Defense Enterprise as the first Senior Director for this mission area in the Office of Policy and Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. In 2013, Austin was again tapped to establish and lead a new organization at the National Counter Terrorism Center to address Domestic Counter Terrorism, Counter Violent Extremism, and Counter Terrorism Cyber Strategy and Policy in support of the National Security Council. Austin is also one of the founder's and President of the newly formed Non-profit, Information Professionals Association (IPA). IPA is a professional organization established to serve the interests of the broader Information community worldwide. Austin and his wife, Carol live in Centreville, VA and have three children. They have two sons serving as active duty Army Officers and a daughter at Elon University, NC.