Director NCPC

Director, National Counterproliferation Center

Annette L. Totten


Ms. Totten was selected as the Director of the National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) on December 1, 2017 having served as its Deputy Director since November, 2015. NCPC leads the intelligence community and interagency to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, related technologies and expertise.


Prior to joining NCPC, Ms. Totten served as the Deputy Director for National Intelligence Management at the National Counterterrorism Center where she provided strategic oversight of counterterrorism strategy development and implementation activities designed to improve the intelligence community’s posture against priority terrorism threats.


Ms. Totten entered the Senior National Intelligence Service in December 2006 and is a plank holder in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Since joining ODNI, she served in intelligence collection, program assessment, counterterrorism, and counterproliferation management roles with the overall objective of achieving intelligence unity of effort and effect in support of whole-of-government action.


She entered civil service in November 2000 at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she served until February 2006 in measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and technical collection policy and operations roles. While at DIA, Ms. Totten was detailed to the Director of Central Intelligence’s Community Management Staff following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In her last DIA assignment, she served as the Chief, Office for Counterproliferation where she led the stand-up of a unique chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear collection activity supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the 1990s, Ms. Totten served in the private sector as a national security space systems consultant to the National Reconnaissance Office.


Ms. Totten was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1982, serving in a variety of space operations, intelligence, and policy assignments at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Air Force Space Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Office of the Secretary of Air Force (Acquisition), Headquarters Air Force (Plans), and the Defense Technology Security Administration, a separate operating agency of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). She retired from the reserve component in 2005. Ms. Totten holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College as well as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University in exercise physiology and medical technology, respectively. She is also the recipient of the Reserve Officer’s Association Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence.


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