Yuma Proving Ground - the Army's Gem in the Desert


U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground actively supports six of the Army Futures Command's Cross Functional Teams (CFTs) building the Army's future force, which seeks to retain overmatch with near-peer adversaries in a high intensity conflict while maintaining the competency in waging irregular warfare that has been achieved since the 9/11 attacks. 

“It’s a unique perspective that we have here to have visibility on virtually all future Army programs,” said Col. Ross Poppenberger, YPG Commander. “All of the Army’s future initiatives are coming through YPG in one form or another. We have the technical capability and the capacity to support their needs.”

One of the largest military installations in the world, bigger than the state of Rhode Island, the role of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in maintaining the quality and readiness of America’s combat forces is enormous. A tremendous variety of military test programs are conducted at the 1300 square mile proving ground, consisting of nearly every weapon system and munition in the ground combat arsenal.

A part of the Army Test and Evaluation Command, Yuma Proving Ground’s mission is to conduct tests on medium and long range artillery, aircraft armament and sensor systems, cargo and personnel airdrop systems, unmanned aircraft, armored vehicles and automotive equipment, technologies for defeating roadside bombs, and much more. Three test centers fall under the proving ground umbrella that feature extreme natural environments – the Cold Regions Test Center, Alaska; the Tropic Regions Test Center that tests in Central and South America and other tropic areas; and Yuma Test Center.

The proving ground’s workforce is a thoroughly integrated team of military personnel, government civilians and contractors numbering about 2,500 people. Yuma’s largest single employer of civilians and the county’s primary high tech workplace, the proving ground sends over $650 million dollars into the economy each year.