Academic Profile : Faculty

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Mr John Bradford
Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Mr John Frederick Bradford is Senior Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Mr Bradford holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from RSIS (Gold Medal winner) and Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude in Asian Studies) from Cornell University. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Commander. His U.S. Navy assignments included service as the Deputy Director of the 7th Fleet Maritime Headquarters, as Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy, and as Commanding Officer of a ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyer forward deployed to Japan. His research interests focus on Indo-Pacific maritime issues and security cooperation. His work can be found in publications such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asia Policy, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Naval War College Review, and Naval Institute Proceedings. He has also written book chapters, online articles, and monographs published by leading international think tanks.
Maritime Security
Japan-Southeast Asia Relations
Naval Operations
Alliance Management
U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Pacific
Japanese Foreign Policy
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
▪ Yablonski Spirit Award, 2017 – Presented to the Olmsted Scholar that best exemplifies enthusiasm for the ideals embodied in the Olmsted Scholar Program and the dedication to the Olmsted Foundation demonstrated by Colonel Robert Yablonski.

▪ U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, 5th Cohort Member – Selected to join two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists that can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to bilateral policy-making in the mid- and long-term. Sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.