Edward L. Bolton Jr. is the Assistant Administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration. The Office of NextGen is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System, the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come. Bolton leads a federal workforce of more than 900 employees, and manages the $1 billion annual budget of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Bolton joined the FAA in September 2013 after a career with the U.S. Air Force, most recently with the rank of Major General and the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller. He led a team of financial managers responsible for the Air Force's $110 billion annual budget for an organization of nearly 700,000 personnel.
He served as Commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, where he led a team of more than 2,000 employees and oversaw a $5 billion budget and more than 20 successful spacelift, shuttle, test and range missions. He managed an installation with more than 10,000 residents and 35 tenant organizations. He commanded the 30th Space Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, leading a 500-person team to oversee launch and range operations for all West Coast launch, spacelift and test missions, completing 16 launches.
Bolton served as the Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Engineering and as the Principal Deputy to the Chief Operating Office for the more than 3,000-person, multibillion-dollar National Reconnaissance Office. He established policy for space, cyber, and information operations and oversaw development of a cyber-career field as Director of Space and Cyber Operations in Washington, D.C.
A level III program manager, he directed the Satellite and Launch Systems and the Space Launch and Range Systems program offices at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. His duties included serving as mission director for classified satellite development and a launch program that placed a state-of-the-art test satellite in orbit. He oversaw $4 billion in sustainment, modernization and maintenance programs to maintain and modernize two space launch bases and 11 worldwide satellite control facilities.
He served as Director for Defense Policy at the White House National Security Council, leading interagency efforts to develop and enforce space, intelligence and military-related policy.
Bolton began his Air Force career as an enlisted cost and management analyst. He was commissioned in 1983 after completing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico and graduating from Officer Training School. He holds a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington. His other academic work includes completing several senior executive programs at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He also completed courses in executive program management and systems acquisition at Defense System Management College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.