General Austin is a U.S. Army Major General who played adviser to the G.I. Joe commanders. He had a reputation for being tough and demanding. No soldier would dare disappoint him. They didn't call him "Iron Butt" for his tough behind. Be that as it may, he has a thorough understanding of politics that enable him to see viewpoints from all sides.
As soon as news of the Burkhart kidnapping broke out, General Austin already knew what had to be done. While most are ready to write off the doctor for her stance on the government and the military, it would be a bigger embarrassment if anything were to happen to her. He immediately ordered General Flagg to come up with a mission plan. Fortunately, Flagg is an excellent tactician and the mission was a success. When an American research station was raided and its occupants killed, Austin thought it to be prudent to send in the Joes to investigate