Soldier Center


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, headquartered at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, is the lead organization for the Army’s Soldier Domain Technology and a critical part of the Army’s soldier lethality programs.

The CCDC SC uses science and engineering expertise— combined with collaboration with industry, Defense Department and academia partners in the innovation ecosystem— to advance Soldier and squad performance optimization, readiness, lethality and synthetic training environments. As part of Army Futures Command, the center optimizes and modernizes Soldier/squad performance, and increases combat readiness and lethality in order to ensure dominance in multi-domain operations. This novel approach supports the current fight while transforming to future force with the Soldier as the decisive edge.

First opening in 1954 as the Army Quartermaster Research and Development Center and known locally as the “Natick Army Labs” the CCDC SC is deeply rooted in the area’s innovative academic and industrial science & technology communities. The center also has a Simulation and Training Technology Center in Orlando, Florida.


Douglas Tamillo

Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center

Mr. Douglas Tamilio is the director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center. In this role, he is responsible for the center’s planning, coordination and execution of research, development and engineering dedicated to the sustainment and protection of the nation’s combat forces from the stresses of war through functionally suitable food, clothing, airborne and airdrop equipment, tactical shelters and organizational personal equipment.

Douglas began his career as an Army officer for more than 27 years, serving in a wide variety of command and staff positions. He is a native of Beverly, Massachusetts, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem State University and a master’s degree in systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Douglas was inducted into the Senior Executive Service in 2016.