Dr. Dana J. Johnson is the Director, International Outreach and Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense.


She is the principal advisor to the USD(R&E) and OUSD(R&E) senior leadership on matters concerning international engagement, defense strategy and policy, and acts as the single point of contact within OUSD(R&E) on international and national defense policy matters that fall within the scope of R&E. She joined OUSD(R&E) in August 2018 from the U.S. Department of State where she served as Senior Advisor, Space Policy, in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the U.S. Department of State. At State she was 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. There she led 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 participated 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 and Project AIR FORCE Pentagon liaison; member of the technical staff at Rockwell International; and diplomatic historian in the Department of State. Dr. Johnson has taught space policy and technology at Georgetown since Spring 2002, and also is an adjunct professor teaching U.S. space policy at George Washington University. She has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in International Studies from The American University, and an A.B. in Government from the University of Redlands, and has written and contributed to numerous books, monographs, and presentations.