About DOT&E

The Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) oversees operational and live fire test and evaluation for the Defense Department.  DOT&E assesses, independently and impartially, both test adequacy and the operational effectiveness, suitability, survivability and, where appropriate, lethality of the system or capability being tested.  What distinguishes operational T&E from other types of test and evaluation is the focus on determining system / capability performance when in the hands of real warfighters, operating as a unit, to accomplish the missions they would execute in the real world while facing realistic threats and conditions.

The Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation was created by Congress in 1983.  The Director, who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and the Congress.  DOT&E may place any acquisition program under oversight.  For those programs under oversight, DOT&E reviews and approves test plans; analyzes operational assessment, integrated test, live fire and operational test activities and results; and provides comprehensive reports to the Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Sustainment) and the relevant Service acquisition executives.  DOT&E also is responsible for issuing DoD operational test and evaluation policy and procedures; and advising the Secretary of Defense on OT&E requirements, including infrastructure, tools and human resources, and investment.

For more details on the statutes that govern DOT&E, please visit the Legislation page.  To see DOT&E’s charter, click here.  To read DOT&E’s congressionally mandated Annual Report on operational test and evaluation activities, results, trends and requirements, please visit the Annual Report page.  

DOT&E is committed to ensuring that DOD’s test and evaluation community and ecosystem are ready to support delivery of the world’s most advanced warfighting capabilities at the speed of need.  As the warfighter’s unbiased advocate, our goal is simple: Provide the women and men defending our nation combat-credible systems that accomplish the mission and enable them to return home safely.




 

The Honorable Nickolas H. Guertin
Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation
 
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Dr. Raymond D. O'Toole, Jr.
Principal Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation
 
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Mr. Garry Bishop
Mr. Garry Bishop
Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation,
Land and
Expeditionary Warfare

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Dr. Mitch Crosswait
Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation,
Net-centric, Space and
Missile Defense Systems
 
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Mr. Chris Henry
Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation,
Naval Warfare
 
 
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Dr. Sandra Hobson
Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation,
Strategic Initiatives, Policy
and Emerging Technologies

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Mr. G. Arthur McGettrick
Deputy Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation
Air Warfare


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photo of Hon. Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt
Honorable
Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt

  9th appointed Director
  April 08, 2024 - present  
     
Dr. Raymond D. O'Toole, Jr.
Dr. Raymond D. O'Toole, Jr.
Acting Director
  January 20, 2021 - December 20, 2021  
  December 20, 2023 - April 07, 2024  
 
Hon. Nickolas H. Guertin
Honorable
Nickolas H. Guertin

  8th appointed Director
  December 20, 2021 - December 19, 2023  
     
Hon. Robert F. Behler
Honorable
Robert F. Behler

  7th appointed Director
  December 11, 2017 - January 20, 2021  
     
Dr.Gilmore
Honorable
Dr. J. Michael Gilmore

  6th appointed Director
  September 23, 2009 - January 19, 2017  
     
Dr.Charles E McQueary
Honorable
Dr. Charles E. McQueary

  5th appointed Director
  July 27, 2006 - May 31, 2009  
     
Mr.David W Duma
Mr. David W. Duma
Acting Director
  February 1, 2005 - July 26, 2006  
  June 1, 2009 - September 22, 2009  
  January 20, 2017 - December 10, 2017  
Mr.Thomas P. Christie
Honorable
Thomas P. Christie

  4th appointed Director  
  July 17, 2001 - January 31, 2005  
     
Hon. Philip E. Coyle
Honorable
Philip E. Coyle

  3rd appointed Director  
  October 3, 1994 - January 19, 2001  
     
Mr. Lee H. Frame
Mr. Lee H. Frame
Acting Director
     
  January 21, 1993 - September 30, 1994  
  January 20, 2001 - July 16, 2001  
     
Mr.Robert C. Duncan
Honorable
Robert C. Duncan

  2nd appointed Director
  November 22, 1989 - January 20, 1993  
     
     
Mr.Pete Adolph
Mr. Charles E. "Pete" Adolph
Acting Director
     
  July 1, 1989 - November 21, 1989  
     
     
Mr.John E Krings
Honorable
John E. Krings

  1st appointed Director
  April 18, 1985 - June 30, 1989  
     
     

For consideration of employment in a scientific or engineering field at DOT&E, please send your resume, curriculum vitae and points of interest to osd.pentagon.dote.mbx.jobs@mail.mil.
 

 

Staff and support positions at DOT&E and other Federal Agencies may be found at www.usajobs.gov.