GREAT NEWS—Highly Qualified USAF General named to Career Head of NextGen

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ARTICLE: FAA Names Former Air Force General to NextGen Post

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The progress of Next Gen has had no favors from its personnel support. The position of Chief NextGen Officer, aka Deputy Administrator, remained empty for almost a year and was filled with someone with little or no technology background. Perhaps more significantly, the career civil servant who had ably led NextGen, Victoria Cox, left with almost no notice (the exception). That post was filled on an acting basis for eight months. Then in a move which could not help the already constantly changing leadership situation, the head of the ATO organization has declared that he is leaving this December.

Again without fanfare (no press release by either the FAA or the very active DoT public information machine), the position of Assistant Administrator for NextGen was filled with an incredibly qualified candidate. Retired Air Force Major General Edward L. Bolton Jr. brings needed tremendous experience and expertise in both financial controls (he was the deputy assistant secretary for budget in the US Air Force) and operational/technical (he was commander of the 45th Space Wing and directed the Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.) His Air Force career includes an award-winning and impressive climb in engineering positions and most relevantly space launch missions (NextGen is a satellite based system).

In that NextGen is a project that is constantly pushing the envelope of technology, it is useful that the General has an impressive academic resume which includes engineering, systems management, acquisition, security and management:

1983 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
1986 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1995 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 Executive Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Systems Acquisition General-Flag Officer Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2012 Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Welcome to the FAA, General! Although the agency has had a long history of military executives, it is a civilian organization which is not always observant of the command discipline from which you have come.

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