About Us

Founded in 2019, NEXTLEAP is a client-driven, mission-focused, service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) delivering scientific, engineering, and technical advisory services and expertise to government, commercial and private entities. NEXTLEAP specializes in creating and accelerating development of radical, high-risk, multi-domain technologies, systems and concepts in the national defense sector. 


Dr. Steven James has over two-and-a-half decades of delivering revolutionary technology development strategies and expertise, leadership, prototype development, test, evaluation, and transition capabilities to the U.S. National Defense sector.  He was a recognized leader and advisor to the world-renowned Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for over 12 years to help counter emerging and future threats to national security and was hand-selected to lead the first test and demonstration program for the Space Development Agency at the Department of Defense.  Dr. James is regularly sought after for his multi-domain systems engineering and operational expertise for numerous government special access programs.  He has advised and guided senior leaders in creating unique approaches for developing successful game-changing technologies and critical national defense assets in this arena.  He has assisted dozens of government and private technology experts, thought leaders and senior advisors with expertise, knowledge, and technical insight for innovation advancement uniquely tailored to the art of the possible. Dr. James is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and service-disabled veteran.  He lives in Reston, Virginia, and is the father of an amazing six year-old son.


“I fully believe the answers to the most complex, most challenging problems we face in the world exist if we are persistent in the pursuit of unknown knowledge…for if we aren’t relentless in this endeavor they will forever remain unidentified and unexplored.”

 – Dr. Steven James, Founder