Jay Alan Liotta is an American senior official in the Department of Defense, in its Office of Detainee Policy.
Liotta earned a Bachelor's degree form Wittenberg University in 1982, in Political Science and East Asian Studies.
During the summer of 1981 he spent a term in China.
Liotta entered the US Government service in 1983.
Liotta completed a master's degree at George Washington University's School of Public and International Affairs.
Liotta studied Mandarin at University, and much of his Government service has been served in Asia, or working on Asian related issues.
Liotta led the first American delegation to North Korea in 43 years in 1996.
He is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service.
In 1997 Liotta was appointed the deputy director of the Defense Departments Prisoner-of-War/Missing Personnel Office.
In February 2006 Liotta was appointed to the position of Principal Director for DOD Detainee Affairs.