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The Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials is responsible for providing safe, secure and environmentally sound stewardship for strategic and critical materials in the United States National Defense Stockpile (NDS). An early form of the NDS was created just before World War II with the mission to acquire and store metals, minerals and agricultural supplies. The stockpile of materials was intended to decrease dependence upon foreign sources of supply during national emergency.

The Congress of the United States has authorized DLA Strategic Materials to sell commodities that are excess to Department of Defense needs. Since 1993, DLA Strategic Materials sales have totaled approximately $6.6 billion. Sales of excess NDS materials produce revenue for the Treasury General Fund and a variety of defense programs such as the Foreign Military Sales program, military personnel benefits, and the buy-back of broadband frequencies for military use. The sale revenues also fund DLA Strategic Materials operations to make it a self-sustaining organization.

DLA Strategic Materials stores 42 commodities with a current market value of over $1.1 billion at 6 locations in the U.S. Commodities range from base metals such as zinc, cobalt, and chromium to the more precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and iridium. There is no private sector company in the world that sells this wide range of commodities and materials.

DLA Strategic Materials employs approximately 80 people working at three staffed depots and the DLA Headquarters at 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Suite 3229, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060-6223.