Hon. Robert F. Behler
Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Robert F. Behler was sworn in as Director of Operational Test and Evaluation on December 11, 2017. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the United States Senate, he serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational and live fire test and evaluation of Department of Defense weapon systems.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. SEI is a global leader in advancing software development and cybersecurity to solve the nation's toughest problems through focused research, development, and transition to the broader software engineering community.  
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Focus Areas

As the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, I provide independent and objective assessments so that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines believe in their equipment and weapons, and are confident they are combat ready. Testing early and often is a critical aspect of ensuring warfighters have combat credible systems at the speed of relevance. I am committed to ensuring that testing is relevant to the acquisition process. To that end, my initial focus areas are:

  • Securing Software and Cybersecurity
  • Increasing the Use of Prototyping and Experimentation
  • Integrated Test and Evaluation
  • Improving Test Infrastructure
  • Improving the use of Modeling and Simulation
  • Ensuring a Capable Workforce
  • Ensuring DOT&E Relevance to the Department

To learn more about current DOT&E Focus Areas, please see the 2017 Annual Report Introduction.