By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsOctober 17, 2017
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Oct. 18, 2017) -- Brad Miller, part of the Aviation Development Directorate, has a 33 year career as a U.S. government civilian. After several years as the Aviation Sustainment Science & Technology Focus Area Lead, he is now the senior engineer for the Next Generation Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Technology Demonstration.
Miller is responsible for the identification of enabling technologies to be demonstrated for the NGTUAS. This requires maintaining awareness of all relevant aviation technologies, user capability gaps, and resultant gaps in technology in order to establish a technology baseline and develop a technology roadmap for NGTUAS.
Miller also serves as the technical manager for the Vertical Lift Consortium- Other Transactions Agreement. This requires working closely with the Army Contracting Command's agreements officer, the Consortium Administrative Officer, and the various government users of the VLC OTA to ensure that Aviation S&T and prototype opportunities meet VLC OTA criteria, navigate the OTA process, and are executed within the terms of the VLC OTA.
"I am at the forefront of transitioning these new scientific discoveries and breakthroughs into new concepts that will evolve into the Aviation systems of the future," said Miller. "It is imperative that Army aviators maintain the technological edge in capabilities to conduct the broad spectrum of Aviation missions, survive and win on the future battlefield."
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Miller explains that supporting the Warfighter gives his work meaning and purpose.
"Beyond just the satisfaction of serving my country, I'm doing my part to support the future Army by helping to ensure that Army aviators have the technology they need to be successful," Miller said. "I enjoy learning about new scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs that may one day provide the edge that brings the next generation of Army aviators home."
Miller has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Master's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, present-day Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Miller is a member of the Acquisition Workforce, certified to Level III in Engineering, Business-Financial Management, and Program Management and has received numerous performance and special act awards, including the Army Achievement Medal.
Miller says he has several hobbies outside of work and has a passion to always be learning.
"I enjoy philately (member of the American Philatelic Society) and numismatics, gardening, and cooking (I'm rather proud of my chili, spaghetti, lasagna, and cheesecake). I also bowl and roller skate with my four daughters, granddaughter, and grandson. I'm a roller coaster enthusiast and enjoy travel. I'm also an active member of the American Helicopter Society International and the Army Aviation Association of America."
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