Dr. O’Toole is the Acting Director, Operational Test and Evaluation as of January 20, 2021. Dr. O’Toole was appointed as the Principal Deputy Director, Operational Test and Evaluation in February 2020. In this capacity he is the principal staff assistant for all functional areas assigned to the office. He participates in the formulation, development, advocacy, and oversight of policies of the Secretary of Defense and in the development and implementation of test and test resource programs. He supports the Director in the planning, conduct, evaluation and reporting of operational and live fire testing. He serves as the Appropriation Director and Comptroller for the Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense Appropriation and the principal advisor to the Director on all Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System matters.
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:
To learn more about current DOT&E Focus Areas, please see the 2017 Annual Report Introduction.