Speaker and Meeting Recap:
The speaker was Colonel Vernon L. Lister, USA. The U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood deploys teams of its soldiers, DA civilians and contractors to Iraq and Afghanistan to assess and collect data on weapons, systems and technologies in combat. It’s part of the Army Rapid Fielding Initiative/Rapid Acquisition Initiative. The ninth team is there now. Each team, comprised of about 24-27 personnel, deploys for six-month periods. Operational testing is mandated by law; however, with the new demands brought about by the war on terror, the Army must get equipment to soldiers ASAP, hence the need to complete testing in theater.