Dana J Johnson


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Dr. Dana J. Johnson serves as Senior Advisor, Space Policy, in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for providing analysis and expert advice on national security space policy and issues in support of the Department's strategic objectives and in implementing U.S. national space policy. Dr. Johnson leads the office's efforts in formulating State’s diplomatic strategies and initiatives regarding international space cooperation in multilateral fora, including the Conference on Disarmament and the G7. She also supports and participates in U.S. bilateral and multilateral space security dialogues with U.S. allies and other space-faring nations. Dr. Johnson’s extensive professional experience includes: Deputy Director, Space Policy, Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy, at the Department of State; Senior Analyst for Space and Missile Defense in the Northrop Grumman Analysis Center; Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation; member of the technical staff at Rockwell International; and diplomatic historian in the Department of State.


  • Ph.D. () University of Southern California, International Relations