United States Army Test and Evaluation Command

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U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command
ATEC logo
ActiveOct 1, 1999 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Garrison/HQAberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Major General Joel K. Tyler[1]
Distinctive unit insignia
United States Army Test and Evaluation Command DUI.png
Shoulder Sleeve InsigniaUnited States Army Test and Evaluation Command SSI.pngUnited States Army Test and Evaluation Command SSI with ABN Tab.png
Beret flashes worn
by the Airborne and
Special Operations
Test Directorate (left)
and Airborne Test
Force (right)
Airborne and Special Operations Test DirectorateAirborne Test Force

U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, is a direct reporting unit of the United States Army responsible for developmental testing, independent operational testing, independent evaluations, assessments, and experiments of Army equipment.[2]

ATEC is located throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Command headquarters is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD[3]

BG (Promotable) Joel K. Tyler assumed command of ATEC in June 2018,[4] following his tour at Joint Modernization Command, as MG John W. Charlton retires from the Army.[5]


Consolidation of all Army developmental and operational testing commands was approved by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army on Nov. 18, 1998. The decision led to the redesignation of the Operational Test and Evaluation Command to ATEC on Oct. 1, 1999. All major subordinate commands of OPTEC were redesignated as well with the Test and Evaluation command redesignated as the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground; the Test and Experimentation Command was redesignated the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas; and the Operational Evaluation Command and the Evaluation Analysis Center were combined to form the new U.S. Army Evaluation Center located at Aberdeen Proving Ground.[3]


ATEC conducts testing for all branches of the military and maintains a large customer base that includes the National Security Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff, allied foreign countries, and Congress. ATEC employs approximately 9,000 military, civilian and contract employees that are highly skilled test officers, engineers, scientists, technicians, researchers, and evaluators. ATEC is involved in more than 1,100 tests daily that encompass everything from individual weapons to National Missile Defense systems. The annual budget for the command is in excess of half a billion dollars.[2][6]

Test centers

Army Test and Evaluation Command facilities and locations in the United States
OTC beret flash.gif The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate test-drop a LAV-25A2 for suitability as an armor platform for airborne units
A U.S. Air Force C-17 delivers a U.S. Marine Corps LAV-25A2 at 1,500 ft (457 m) over Fort Bragg...
and airdropped onto Sicily Drop Zone...
where U.S. Army paratroopers prepare the LAV and its weapons for action...
then test-fire its weapons as part of OTC's airdrop certification.[7]

Operational Test Command (OTC) locations:

  • Fort Hood:
    • OTC headquarters
    • Aviation Test Directorate
    • Maneuver Test Directorate
    • Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate
    • Mission Command Test Directorate
  • Fort Bragg: Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate
  • Fort Bliss: Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate
  • Fort Sill: Fires Test Directorate
  • Fort Huachuca: Intelligence Electronic Warfare Test Directorate

See also


Further reading

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