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Defense Logistics Agency

As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user to disposition – for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, 11 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.

As a logistics integrator, and acquisition and service provider:

• DLA acquires items from manufacturers and suppliers and provides them to DoD and other federal and regional customers, often with supplementary services such as warehousing, packaging and transportation;

• DLA contracts for items that are provided directly by the manufacturer to DLA customers;

• DLA provides more than $42 billion in goods and services annually.

DLA is responsible for contracting, purchasing, storing and distributing most of the consumable, expendable and reparable items for DoD. Its primary purpose is to meet the logistics requirements of the armed forces for food, clothing, fuel, repair parts and other items. To accomplish these responsibilities, DLA has a staff of about 26,000 employees divided into:

  • Nine supply chains that contract for material across the supply classes of food, textiles, energy products, medical material and equipment, construction material, industrial hardware, personal demand items, major end items and repair parts;

  • A worldwide distribution system;

  • Logistics and staff planning support to DoD’s geographic combatant commands;

  • Operations that dispose of surplus or excess materiel from the military services.

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