As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the end-to-end global defense supply chain – from raw materials to end user disposition – for the five military services, 11 combatant commands, other federal, state and local agencies and partner and allied nations.

DLA also supplies 86 percent of the military’s spare parts and nearly 100 percent of fuel and troop support consumables, manages the reutilization of military equipment, provides catalogs and other logistics information products, and offers document automation and production services to a host of military and federal agencies. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, DLA is a global enterprise – wherever the United States has a significant military presence, DLA is there to support.

Take a look at DLA's fact sheet for a print-friendly overview of the organization's logistics roles and responsibilities.

DLA Quick Facts:

  • DLA provides more than $40 billion in goods and services annually.people performing logistics tasks
  • Employs about 26,000 civilians and military.
  • Supports more than 2,400 weapon systems.
  • Manages multiple supply chains that contract for material and services across the military classes of supply, to include: subsistence (food/water), clothing and textiles, bulk petroleum and other energy products, construction material and equipment, personal demand items, medical material and equipment, and repair parts for land, sea and air systems.
  • Administers the storage and disposal of strategic and critical materials to support national defense.
  • Operates a global network of distribution centers. DLA’s warehousing strategy is driven by the commitment to better serve warfighters, co-locating with the armed forces while placing supplies where they are most needed. By positioning material closer to its customers, DLA is able to decrease wait time, reduce cost and improve military readiness.
  • Leads DoD’s efforts to supply the military services with alternative fuel and renewable energy solutions. 
  • Supports disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts at home and abroad.
  • Supports other federal agencies, state and local governments with items such as uniforms, food and fuel. Customers include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Health and Human Services, U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Agriculture School Lunch Program.

DLA Major Subordinate Commands

  • DLA Troop Support, Philadelphia
    Manages the supply chains for food, textiles, construction material and medical supplies and equipment, including pharmaceuticals.
  • DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia
    Manages the supply chain for aviation weapons systems repair parts, flight safety equipment, maps, environmental products and industrial plant equipment. 
  • DLA Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
    Manages the supply chain for petroleum and lubrication products, alternative fuel/renewable energy, aerospace energy; provides fuel quality/technical support, fuel card programs and installation energy services. 
  • DLA Distribution, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
    Provides storage and distribution solutions and management, transportation planning and management, logistics planning and contingency operations; operates a global network of distribution centers. 

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DLA Regional Commands

  • DLA Europe & Africa, Kaiserslautern, Germany
    The agency’s primary liaison to U.S. European Command, NATO and U.S. Africa Command, providing a unified DLA interface for warfighters throughout the areas of responsibility. 

DLA Strategic Plan 2021-2026

As the Nation’s Combat Logistics Support Agency, DLA must lean forward to address new challenges that threaten our global environment. The agency will meet those threats and the evolving needs of the warfighter and nation with this Strategic Plan, which identifies DLA's most critical priorities and will transform business processes over the next five years. Though this transformation will not encompass all of DLA’s day-to-day activities, these core objectives will have the greatest impact on our ability to achieve mission success.

Lines of Effort:

  • LOE 1: Warfighter Always: Tailored solutions to drive readiness
  • LOE 2: Support to the Nation: Deliberate approach, without tradeoff to the Warfighter
  • LOE 3: Trusted Mission Partner: Transparency and accountability to our customers
  • LOE 4: Modernized Acquisition and Supply Chain Management: Leading in logistics to deliver best value and manage risk
  • LOE 5: Future of Work: Adapting to new ways of working

The five Lines of Effort identify the most critical focus areas for DLA over the next five years. Each LOE has one or more underlying objectives with specific initiatives, milestones, and metrics that will support the execution of this transformation and have the greatest impact on our ability to serve the warfighter and the nation.