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Feb. 20, 2024

Commentary: Foreign military sales reflect national policy, expand customer base

DLA has long provided goods and services to allied nations. From NATO cataloging in the 1960s to today’s worldwide crises, the agency has used the Foreign Military Sales program to advance national policy and realize economies of scale.

Dec. 26, 2023

Commentary: DLA provides global support in 2023

In most years, events force DLA to focus on one region. Not so in 2023, when actual and potential conflict involved it in six of seven geographic commands.

Oct. 23, 2023

Commentary: World War II developmental, formative for first 5 DLA directors

When the Defense Supply Agency became the Defense Logistics Agency in 1977, it marked the end of an era. For a decade and a half, agency directors had based organizational and operational decisions on their World War II experiences.

Aug. 28, 2023

Commentary: DLA’s support for the Abrams as involved, critical as ever

DLA Historian Colin Williams chronicles the agency's long and storied relationship with the Abrams tank, which it helped develop in the 1970s.

Aug. 1, 2023

Commentary: McNamara cagey, equivocal about reasons for Battle Creek move

DLA's historian explores the reasons why Army Lt. Gen. Andrew T. McNamara moved cataloging, standardization and utilization programs that were part of the Defense Logistics Services Center from Washington, D.C., to Battle Creek, Michigan.

July 11, 2023

Commentary: Director visits form, enhance DLA Europe & Africa

Senior leader authority is most potent when exercised face-to-face. Put simply, things get done when the boss visits. It’s therefore not surprising the organizational history of Defense Logistics Agency Europe, now DLA Europe & Africa, can be told through DLA directors’ trips to the continent.

June 21, 2023

Commentary: First agency director sketches, foretells growth in commodity management

Before his tour as first director of the Defense Supply Agency ended, Army Lt. Gen. Andrew T. McNamara shared his ideas for improving military logistics with Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara.

April 11, 2023

Fiscal 2022 history report details agency’s latest efforts

Rapid response and technology transformation are among themes of DLA's fiscal 2022 historical report published early this month.

March 20, 2023

DLA director’s career mirrors growing opportunities for women

Despite a desire to move past the “distraction” of being the first woman in any military role, DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic’s career has put her in places that summon attention.

March 15, 2023

Commentary: Like ‘M.A.S.H.’ crew, DLA survived scrutiny

In the television series “M.A.S.H.,” an army hospital staff in Korea repeatedly saves itself from being disbanded by last-minute demonstrations of its effectiveness. Like the cast’s performance in the operating room, DLA has proven it manages even ancillary tasks more efficiently than other parts of the federal government.