Edward L. Bolton is a retired United States Air Force Major General, who also served as a senior executive at the Federal Aviation Administration and as a senior vice president in the space/defense industry. During his military career, Bolton served as commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, commander of the 30th Space Wing Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base and commander of the 30thSpacelift Range Operations Squadron, also at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He completed assignments as the principal deputy to the chief operating office of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and as director of Air Force space and cyber operations at the Pentagon. While in acquisition, he led 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. He was also on the White House Staff in two administrations as a director on the National Security Council. Edward retired from active duty after serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Budget.
Following his military career, Bolton moved to the Federal Aviation Administration where he was the Assistant Administrator responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System. Bolton recently retired from the Aerospace Corporation. The Aerospace Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on the nation’s space program. He was Senior Vice President of the Defense Systems Group. Bolton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, and two Master of Science degrees: the first in systems management from the University of Southern California, and the second in national security strategy from the National War College. He completed a Senior Executive Fellowship at Harvard University as well as courses in executive program management and systems acquisition at the Defense System Management College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Bolton resides in Alexandria, Virginia.