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Before U.S. Army soldiers around the world take a new piece of gear to the field – either wearing it, driving it or firing it – the Operational Test Command at Fort Hood tests it to make sure it meets Army standards and it can be used in the field functionally by the everyday soldier.

The Operational Test Command’s task is to conduct realistic operational testing in the areas of equipment, doctrine, force design and training. Operational tests conducted are required by public law and provide significant data to Army decision makers on key systems and concepts around the world.  | More |

 Command  Directorates
Close Combat Test Directorate

The Close Combat Test Directorate is responsible for operational testing of Armor and Infantry systems and is the lead Operational Test Command directorate responsible for operational testing of weapons and systems for the Army’s transformation. “We are the Army’s only independent testing agency for weapons, scopes, lasers, Strkyers and future combat rifles,” said Lt. Col. David Scalsky, maneuver-systems test division chief.  Story

Future Force Test Directorate

Within Operational Test Command, Future Force Test Directorate continues at the forefront of the Army's transformation efforts. It serves as the command's lead in the operational testing of the Army's Future Combat Systems.  Story

Transformation Technology Directorate

The Transformation Technology Directorate integrates modeling and simulation tools with real life scenario test instrumentation for supporting operational testing of transformation technology. “Whatever environment a piece of equipment needs for testing, we provide it,” Gayle Shull, director, said.  Story

Aviation Test Directorate

Based at West Fort Hood, Texas, the Aviation Test Directorate maintains a close working relationship with the U.S. Army Aviation Center, evaluators, various combat arms proponents, materiel developers, the technical test community and Battle Labs.  Story

Command, Control, Communications
And Computers Test Directorate

The Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Test Directorate at West Fort Hood, is responsible for testing the systems that will process and transmit voice, data, messaging, and video-information through networks at the tactical, operational, strategic and sustaining base levels.  Story

Engineer and Combat Support
Test Directorate

The most versatile of the test directorates is the Engineer and Combat Support Test Directorate, located at Fort Hood, Texas. The directorate test teams conduct operational tests in the mission areas of combat engineer, chemical, transportation, military police, quartermaster, ordnance, chaplain and medical service.  Story

Intelligence and Electronic
Warfare Test Directorate

The Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Test Directorate at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is committed to providing robust synthetic operational environments, along with realistic battlefield environments, to test the future Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Information Assurance, and Electronic Warfare systems of the Objective Force.  Story

Airborne and Special
Operations Test Directorate

The most unique test directorate is the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This directorate is not only responsible for the testing of new parachutes and airborne equipment, but is also chartered to certify every item of Army equipment to be airdropped, airlifted, sling-loaded, or in any way transported or delivered by Army or Air Force aircraft.  Story

Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate

The Army's premier air and missile defense independent operational tester is the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas. Covering the full spectrum of tests from Force Development Test and Experimentation or Initial Operational Test to Limited User Test and Customer Tests, it also participates in Advanced Warfighting Experiments and joint testing.  Story

Fire Support Test Directorate

The oldest of the test directorates is the Fire Support Test Directorate located at the home of Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It is a professional, mission-focused test directorate that contributes to the Field Artillery's future successes on the battlefield of the 21st century by rigorous testing under realistic operational conditions.  Story

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STRYKER TEST – The Close Combat Test Directorate led the Operational Test Command in conducting the largest initial operational test to date of the Stryker Brigade, a system of eight Stryker vehicle variants. The test was conducted at Fort Knox, Ky., for a period of over six months in 2003. U.S. Army photo by Tad Browning
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DIGITAL COCKPIT – The Aviation Test Directorate conducts a test of the CH-47F, the Army's latest aircraft to get a digitized cockpit. U.S. Army photo by Joe McClammy
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CYBERWOLVES – Operational Test Command engineers from Transformation Technology Directorate volunteer each year to help students at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas build a competitive robot. The Shoemaker "Cyberwolves" Team have won at least one award each year that they have participated. Courtesy photo
 Command  News
Command Assesses Robot to Help Save Soldiers' Lives

FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – It looks like a robot from the movie, "Short Circuit" – a miniature Johnny 5 that rolls on four wheels and has a video camera lens for eyes.
It peers around doors and windows, carefully adjusts its height to survey the area, and rolls carefully towards suspicious-looking vehicles and objects. There it remains still, focusing on the suspected object, and waits for a signal from the operator to tell it where to go to next. The Multi Function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot, or the MARCBOT, demonstrated its abilities to soldiers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at the Fort Hood Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain site.  Story

The Command Mentors Students in Robotics Competition

FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – Early morning on Jan. 8, employees of the Operational Test Command joined students from Shoemaker High School to kick off the planning for the 2005 FIRST Robotics Competition. The Shoemaker High School robotics team, known as the CyberWolves, participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition for the last five years under the mentorship of command soldiers and employees. “We’ve tapped into Fort Hood since we’re so close to West Fort Hood,” Nelda Howton, Shoemaker High School principal, said. “There are scientists and engineers to serve as mentors, both contractors and active duty. Also, 75 percent of our students are military dependents.”  Story

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