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Command Staff Director

Mr. William Newton

Since 2009 Mr. Newton has served as the Command Staff Director for ATC where he oversees the staffing elements Safety, Security, Environmental, Business Operations, Budget and Contracting, and Logistics. Additionally, as the Command Staff Director, he works with the Commander and Technical Director on global strategies for the entire Command and represents the Command across many different functions.

He holds a Bachelorís Degree in Engineering and also a Bachelorís Degree in Physics from Widener University in Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masterís Degree in Environmental Engineer from Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Newton began his Federal Service in September 1986 working as a test officer in the Automotive Directorate of the Combat Systems Test Activity (CSTA), which is now ATC. Key programs included the Tank Recovery System Reliability Test later to be named the M88A2 Hercules, the competitive test for the Palletized Loading System, and testing of the initial M1A1 Main Battle Tanks.

In the early 1990s Mr. Newton went on to work in the Live Fire Directorate of CSTA and conducted over 400 events, and developed a new capability for free flight testing of artillery other munitions against US and Foreign targets.

From CSTA Mr. Newton transitioned over to the Test and Evaluation Command (now ATEC) and served as a project officer spanning from the clothing and individual equipment commodity area, to the chemical and biological systems, to include the Fox vehicle.

Mr. Newton returned to ATC and co-authored the Maryland Environmental Technology Demonstration Center (METDC) concept, which combined the need for reliable, effective environmental technologies across the Army with ATCís testing capabilities.

In 2002 Mr. Newton was named the Division Chief for the Applied Sciences Test Division, which encompassed about 40 personnel working in the areas of chemical sampling and analysis, toxic fume testing, non destructive testing, and materials testing. During his tenure, the laboratory gained and maintained accreditation.

Mr. Newton was selected to be the Director of the Automotive Directorate for ATC in January 2007. This encompassed five distinct areas and almost 600 employees both government and contract support. The test officer area was a group of engineers and technicians responsible for the planning, execution, and reporting of a wide array of test programs to include tactical and combat platforms, robotics, and fire control systems. The operations area included skilled personnel that operated and maintained over 40 miles of road courses, and specialized test facilities and shops designed to test the limits of automotive platforms. The automotive instrumentation area is a collection of engineers and technicians focused on developing and operating unique instrumentation to capture automotive performance data across all platforms. They also operate automotive simulation facilities that allow the removal of bias from the data to assess true performance characteristics of the system. The analysis area has both a highly skilled group of data collection professionals that provide critical data on every system tested at ATC. It also has the analysis team that takes data from across ATCís mission areas and analyzes it to provide insights to the customer.


Mr. William Newton assumed the position of Command Staff Director of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center after serving a valuable role as our Automotive Director.

Bachelor's degree in Physics from Widner University

Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University



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