Steve Bradford Chief Scientist, NextGen FAA


Steve Bradford is Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development, at the Office of NextGen – Federal Aviation Administration.

Steve Bradford is the Chairman of the Technical Review Board that monitors technical decisions related to investments and the Enterprise Architecture.  He works with elements of the FAA to develop midterm plans and five-year budget requests to implement NextGen including UAS related automation. He is the FAA lead for the FAA/NASA Research Transition Team process that supports collaboration between the FAA and NAS on ATM related activities. A current focus of the RTT process is collaboration on both UAS-in-the-NAS supporting vehicles operating in ATM, and UAS Traffic Management supporting operation in uncontrolled airspace. Both RTT’s depend on direct partnership with the UAS industry and provide many opportunities to look at new technology options for both UAS and traditional manned aircraft operations.

He has a leading role in NextGen’s International Engagement. He was a member of the ICAO technical team that authored the latest Global Air Navigation Plan, the past US panel member and current advisor to the ICAO Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel, and is technical advisor to the development of GANP 2019.  He leads the FAA participation in several activities with SESAR Joint Undertaking, and has led several co-operative international efforts with EUROCONTROL.