• Volunteer Leaders

    The team that keeps YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford

    Executive Director

    John F. Bradford is a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow placed at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). His research focuses on Asian security with special attention given to maritime issues and cooperative affairs. His written work can be found in journals such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asia Policy, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Naval War College Review, and Naval Institute Proceedings as well as in edited volumes, online publications and monographs published by leading international think tanks. As a U.S. Navy officer, he served as Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Combat Systems Officer, Chief Engineer, Navigator, and First Lieutenant in ships forward-deployed to Japan. His staff assignments included Regional Cooperation Coordinator for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Asia-Pacific Politico-military Officer on the Navy Staff. As an Olmsted Scholar, CDR Bradford studied in the Department of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and completed an MSc (Strategic Studies) from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He is also a graduate of Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies.


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