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Jan. 13, 2022

Documentary showcases DLA’s 60 years as DOD logistics provider

A new 30-minute documentary proves wrong the early skeptics who thought a largely civilian organization could never handle the challenge of consolidating supplies and logistics services for the entire Defense Department.

Oct. 26, 2021

DOD logistics agency touches American lives 

From crackers and sanitation kits for America’s fallout shelters during the Cold War to COVID-19 supplies so direly needed in every state and town, DLA has the power to provide essentials in the nation’s time of need. 

Sept. 1, 2021

DLA launches 60th anniversary celebration

DLA launches its diamond anniversary celebration Sept. 1 to mark the agency’s 60 years of logistics support.

June 17, 2021

Founder of DLA Land and Maritime supplier alliances to be inducted into DLA Hall of Fame

Former DLA Land and Maritime Acquisition Executive Milton Lewis is one of nine inductees into the 2020 DLA Hall of Fame. 

June 11, 2021

Nuclear enterprise, process improvement champion to be inducted into DLA Hall of Fame

Former DLA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch, who was best known for reaffirming the agency’s commitment to the nuclear enterprise, is among nine new inductees into the 2020 DLA Hall of Fame. 

June 10, 2021

Agency’s 8th director to be inducted into 2020 DLA Hall of Fame 

Former Defense Logistics Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Donald Babers, who led the agency through rapid growth in material management and contract administration from 1984 to 1986, is among nine inductees into the 2020 DLA Hall of Fame. 

Sept. 24, 2020

Agency adjusted support, provided global capabilities during Vietnam War

Though once restricted to wholesale logistics in the continental United States, DLA proved during the Vietnam War it could supply warfighters in foreign lands.

Aug. 31, 2020

Former IT system integrated logistics functions, improved DLA's project management

DLA launched the Standard Automated Materiel Management System in 1971 to integrate common logistics functions across multiple supply chains. Though it was replaced in the 2000s, SAMMS increased effectiveness and forced DLA to improve its project management.

Dec. 20, 2019

Document of the Month: Exchange shows now-solved problem in cataloging

While the Defense Logistics Agency has realized many savings for the Defense Department, effective cataloging has been its most consistent and reliable way of reducing expenditures. Until the agency received control of all DoD cataloging activities in the late 1990s, however, successful item identification depended on receiving complete and accurate information from the military services.

Oct. 21, 2019

DSA supports Cuban Missile Crisis 1 year after founding

By quickly responding during to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Defense Supply Agency proved itself as the nation’s preeminent source of combat logistics.