ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – The former executive technical director and deputy to the commander at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, Robert M. Miele, was inducted into the U.S. Army Operations Research Systems Analysis, or ORSA, Hall of Fame during the Army Operations Research Symposium, or AORS, at the Mallette Training Facility on Sep. 13.
The ORSA Hall of Fame, chartered in 2004 by former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations Research, Walter W. Hollis, is intended to honor persons who have made significant contributions to U.S. Army Operations Research and Systems Analysis.
Miele was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Council Rock High School in 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Widener University, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, from Johns Hopkins University.
In 1989, Miele entered the civil service as an Army Materiel Command, or AMC, Army Engineering intern. He graduated from the program in January 1991 and came to Aberdeen Proving Ground to work as an intern in the Reliability Analysis Division at the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, or AMSAA, a subordinate of AMC. He worked in positions of increasing responsibility at AMSAA in multiple assignments from team leader to chief of the Chemical Demilitarization Office, and chief of the Maneuver Systems Branch.
In 2008, Miele left AMSAA for a job opportunity to be the associate director of the Test Management Directorate with the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, or DTC. While only being in the position for a short period, he was assigned as the acting technical director of DTC. Miele went back to AMSAA in 2011 to serve as the chief of the Combat Support Analysis Division, and then transitioned to the acting technical director of AMSAA.
In February 2014, Miele was selected as the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, or OTC, a subordinate organization of ATEC, located in Fort Hood, Texas.
Miele served as the ATEC executive technical director and deputy to the commander from May 2016 to September 2020. He managed the technical execution of all ATEC test plans and reports, and the command’s evaluation strategy and analyses. He was responsible for integrating the command’s instrumentation, policy, modeling and simulation, and continuous business improvement projects.
In addition, Miele was responsible for ensuring that Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense senior leaders had the essential information required before weapons and equipment were placed into the hands of Soldiers and throughout the lifecycle of those systems. He directed the test and evaluation for over 400 weapons programs through a 9,000-person workforce and a $2 billion budget.
According to the ATEC Commander, Maj. Gen. James J. Gallivan, the important part about Rob’s career is that he made enduring contributions to Army Operations Research and Analysis. “He’s recognized across the acquisition community, as well as the operating force, as a leader who is focused on doing what is best for the Army. In ATEC speak, his leadership and technical skills ensured safe, effective, suitable and survivable system capabilities were delivered to service members throughout the Department of Defense.”