The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center, or TRAC, celebrated its 25th anniversary Oct. 3.

TRADOC officially activated the organization Oct. 3, 1986, as a single, integrated center, and today, TRAC comprises a headquarters element and a subordinate center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., with three other operating centers at Fort Lee, Va., Monterey, Calif., and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

TRAC conducts research and analysis on current and future military operations worldwide to inform decision makers about the most challenging issues facing the Army and Department of Defense. TRAC's program of research and analysis reflects the highest priorities of the TRADOC commander, the chief of staff of the Army and the secretary of the Army.

TRAC studies have underpinned seminal decisions by Army and DOD senior leaders regarding nearly every major Army initiative and modernization program, valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. In its 25-year existence, TRAC and its employees have been recognized with 50 major prizes awarded by the Army and DOD for research excellence.

"TRAC doesn't make the Army's big decisions, but our analysis makes the decisions better," said Michael F. Bauman, TRAC's director.

Focused on the future where uncertainty is high, as well as working in today's joint environment, TRAC has delivered relevant, credible analysis products through a motivated, uniquely skilled workforce to inform leader decisions about how best to change the Army, invest in change and conduct operations -- always with its only stakeholder in mind: the Soldier.