General Mission

The U.S. Army Evaluation Center (AEC) mission, in partnership with ATEC Test Centers and Operational Test Command, is to plan and conduct independent, integrated evaluations to determine and report the effectiveness, suitability and survivability of assigned systems. AEC serves as the Army’s independent evaluator providing essential information to Army senior leadership.

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Day in the Life

AEC independently evaluates all Army systems: synthesizes data across all sources, determines test adequacy and data credibility, clearly articulates system performance, and provides decision makers knowledge and understanding to support acquisition and fielding decisions. This is accomplished through a mix of both technical and administrative staff working in concert to accomplish the mission.

Local Attractions

Located in the northeastern portion of Maryland, ATEC HQ’s location gives plenty of access to the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. There are also many historic parks and trails to explore. These include Antietam National Battlefield, Appalachian Trail, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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AEC was established 1 October 1999. It was the result of combining the Operational Evaluation Command and the Evaluation Analysis Center in order to streamline developmental and operational evaluation into a single, integrated command.

Reasons to Work at AEC

A few current employees provided some quotes about what they like most about working at AEC

  • I like working at AEC because I get to contribute to the acquisition process from testable requirements to producing a meaningful evaluation. I get to see and be a part of those processes which directly impact the solider.
  • AEC has an energetic culture with opportunities for learning and impactful application of knowledge. 
  • The positive attitude, advocacy for training and classes, and personal value that leadership places on employees enable AEC to quickly achieve mission objectives. 
  • ATEC/AEC's vision for digital transformation directly support both the Warfighter and positive work/life balance for employees. I love my job at AEC!
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