U.S. Army Operational Test Command U.S. Army U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command


ATEC U.S. Army Test and  Evaluation Command Command Sergeant Major OTC Command Group OTC Commander Deputy Commander Methodology and Analysis Directorate Test Technology Directorate Aviation Test Directorate Maneuver Test Directorate Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate Mission Command Test Directorate Airborne and Special Operations Fires Test Directorate Integrated Test and Evaluation Intelligence Electronic Warfare Test Directorate Headquarters, Headquarters Company OTC Public Affairs Officer G1 G3/2/5 G4 G6 G8

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Who We Are

blue bullet  The Operational Test Command, the Army's independent operational tester, tests and assesses Army, Joint, and Multi-service war-fighting systems in a realistic operational environment using typical Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable.  OTC remains true to its ultimate customer--the American Soldier.

blue bullet  OTC is the Army's only independent operational tester; it is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to the American Soldier.

blue bullet  OTC lives the Expeditionary Army ethos--Readily deployable test teams support the Army's rapid acquisition initiatives and are prepared to deploy on very short notice to any location to gather information on Army systems.  OTC's objective is to conduct operational tests where the Soldiers and equipment are.

blue bullet  Since 2003 OTC has deployed ATEC Forward Operational Assessment (FOA) teams in Iraq and Afghanistan to gather information in support of our deployed formations.

Located with OTC Headquarters Command and staff at Fort Hood, Texas, are four test directorates.  Four forward test directorates are located at Fort Huachuca, Fort Sill, Fort Bliss, and Fort Bragg.  A Test and Evaluation Coordination Office (TECO) supports the Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and an Infantry Support Cell supports the Infantry School and Center at Fort Benning, Georgia.

OTC becomes involved in the Army's acquisition process following the developmental tests that ensure the product technically performs as the Army expected it to do.  That product is then transitioned to OTC professionals to test in the hands of the intended user--the Soldier.

OTC uses highly sophisticated and state-of-the-art technology.  Rugged instrumentation collects test data that will document performance levels and operational suitability.  Modeling and simulation products work independently or within a distributed simulation environment to create a realistic operational environment.  Real-time casualty assessment adds realism to tests and assists in collecting data to assess weapon capabilities and limitations.

What We Do

blue bullet Plan, conduct, and report operational tests and experiments for the Army acquisition decision-making process.

blue bullet Test or assess systems in a realistic operational environment using typical Soldiers to determine whether systems are effective, suitable, and survivable.

blue bullet Capitalize on synergy with units and acquisition organizations at Fort Hood and the installations at which OTC's forward directorates and TECO are located.

blue bullet Deploy test teams worldwide to accomplish operational testing missions at Soldier locations.

blue bullet Deploy FOA teams into combat and operational contingency theaters to collect data on weapons and systems used in the operational environment, including systems fielded through the Army's rapid acquisition initiatives.

blue bullet Plan high-priority operational testing on the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS).