Director Biography

Mr. James Amato

Director Mr. Amato

Mr. Amato was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2008. He has served as the Director of the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland since 2013. At AMSAA, he leads a diverse workforce of professional engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and operations research analysts who conduct analyses across the materiel lifecycle to enable critical decisions for current and future Warfighter needs. AMSAA studies inform requirements trades, technology investments, acquisition strategies and risk, sustainment alternatives, staffing and manning considerations, and optimal returns on investment. On behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Amato chairs the Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness program, responsible for developing and delivering the methodologies, tools and data that our Warfighters use every day to eliminate high value targets.

He served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas from 2008 to 2013. As Executive Director, he oversaw a multi-disciplined workforce of over 1000 Soldiers, civilians and contractors who planned and executed operational tests of Army and joint weapons systems. A successful operational test is a prerequisite for every program before it can proceed into production. Mr. Amato also served as the Army Test and Evaluation Commands' Executive Agent for the first five Network Integration Evaluations. In addition, he was responsible for the Forward Operational Assessment teams, who deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan to collect Soldier feedback on the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of weapons systems and equipment.


  • 2005-2008: Director, Integrated Logistics Support Evaluation Directorate, U.S. Army Evaluation Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • 2000-2005: Chief, Field Studies Branch, Logistics Analysis Division, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • 1987-1999: U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


  • MS, National Security Strategy, U.S. Army War College, 2000
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, 1992
  • BS, Engineering Science, Loyola College, Maryland, 1987


  • Army Acquisition Corps, Level III
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt


  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Superior Civilian Service Award
  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service


  • Association of the United States Army


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Mr. Amato

Mr. James Amato
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

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