President, Space Superiority and Geospatial
Brad Bolstad is president of Space Superiority and Geospatial at L3Harris Technologies. His responsibilities cover space programs across the DoD, NASA, NOAA, IC, commercial and international markets. Prior to joining L3Harris, Bolstad worked in industry for more than a dozen years and was responsible for missile warning and missile defense, space protection and space domain mission assurance, and next-gen military systems.
Bolstad retired from the U.S. Air Force after a career in the fields of space and aircraft operations and acquisition. He was the Delta program manager, responsible for the Air Force Delta II and Delta IV Launch Vehicle Programs, providing medium, intermediate, and heavy space lift for 23 satellites. He directed $5.5B in contracts, evaluated industry performance and championed product improvement initiatives, orchestrated launch campaigns, and guided thousands of government verification tasks to certify flight worthiness. Bolstad oversaw $700M/year rocket production and launch operations activities for 3,000 contractor personnel at 30 locations.
Bolstad has held several assignments in operations in the Strategic Air Command and Air Mobility Command as a command post controller and squadron adjutant. He migrated to the space acquisition community as part of the DoD Space Test program flying satellites and payloads on systems flown via U.S. and international partnerships.
As part of the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Research, Bolstad worked at the Pentagon on national advanced space systems. He returned to the Space & Missile Systems Center as a member of the Space Control Mission area, leading the transition of key technology and operational systems to space-based platforms, which now provide the backbone of the mission area.
Bolstad has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He holds a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.