The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Centers (NSSC) main campus is located to the northwest of Natick center, and is the Army’s one-stop Soldier-support organization and to maximize the Warrior’s survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and quality of life by treating the Soldier as a System.
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Construction of the Quartermaster Research Facility at Natick, authorized by Congress in October 1949, began in November 1952. A year later, the QRF was redesignated as the Quartermaster Research and Development Center and four years later as the Quartermaster Research and Engineering Command. In September 1980, the NRDC was redesignated as the U.S. Army Natick Research & Development Laboratories and three years later as the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Center, a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Troop Support Command in St. Louis, Missouri. (DARCOM and TSC merged in July 1992 forging the U.S. Army Aviation & Troop Command, St. Louis, Mo.) Natick Laboratories became a subordinate element to the Troop Support Command in July 1973 and was redesignated two years later as the U.S. Army Natick Development Center and reassigned to the AMC. The NDC was redesignated the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Command in January 1976 and assigned to the U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command. (The same month, AMC was redesignated the U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (DARCOM).)
Conduct research, development, acquisition and sustainment to maximize combat effectiveness and survivability of freedom’s defenders. Deliver world class research, development, systems engineering and services, with a unique human-centric focus, by cultivating a highly motivated, expert and agile workforce; exceeding customer and stakeholder expectations delivering what we promise at an unprecedented pace and honoring our commitments and fostering long term strategic partnerships and collaborations with key customers, other government agencies, industry, and academia.
Employee/tenant numbers at NSSC total 1,957 (159 military personnel, 1,048 civilians and 750 contractors.)
Natick Soldier RD&E Center