Joseph R. DeTrani


Defense and Strategic Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Defense and Strategic Studies
9302 Lee Hwy Suite 760
Fairfax, VA 22031


As the current Senior Advisor for the Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani also worked as the primary negotiator for the six-party nuclear talks with North Korea. His proficiency in diplomacy and regional knowledge for Asia enables him to teach on the US-China strategic relationship for DSS. Ambassador DeTrani’s work with foreign counterparts on nonproliferation issues also enables him to lecture on the issues of weapons of mass destruction.



  • New York University School of Law and Graduate School of Business Administration, 1962-1965

  • BS Economics, New York University, 1962

  • Harvard University, Certificate in Security Issues, Kennedy School, 1987


  • DSS 726 Chinese Military Power

Professional experience

  • Senior Advisor, Director of National Intelligence, 2012-Present
  • Director, National Counter Proliferation Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 2010-2012
  • DNI Mission Manager, North Korea, Office of the Director  of National Intelligence, 2006-2010
  • Special Envoy for Negotiations with  North Korea, with the Rank of Ambassador, and U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Corp., Department of State, 2003-2006
  • Director, East Asia Division, Directorate of Operations and Program Manager for China,  CIA,  2000-2003
  • Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center, CIA and Commissioner, U.S. Port Security Commission, 1999-2000
  • Minister Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, 1997-1999