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MSU instructor approved as Department of Defense officer

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The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Missouri State University instructor David Trachtenberg as a Department of Defense officer.

The Senate voted 79-17 to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for deputy under secretary of defense for policy. The Senate received Trump’s nomination in April, according to

Trachtenberg serves as a per-course instructor at MSU’s department of defense and strategic studies in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., said MSU spokeswoman Andrea Mostyn.

For MSU’s DSS program, Trachtenberg teaches classes on nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control and Congress’ role in national security policy. He has past Department of Defense experience serving 2001-03 as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense over international security policy and as acting deputy secretary of defense for forces policy in 2001 and 2003, according to

In the Senate, both U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., voted in favor of Trachtenberg’s appointment for the paid civil service position.

“David Trachtenberg’s academic background and professional experience have provided him extensive knowledge on a broad range of defense policy issues,” Blunt said in a news release. “David does not just have the right credentials for this position, he has demonstrated the passion and professionalism that will make him an asset to the Department of Defense.”


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