DLMS Implementation

The effective use of logistics data is crucial to the success of the DOD Supply Chain. Current logistics processing (MILS) still relies on 1960's vintage data exchange mechanism, are fundamentally obsolete, and do not lend themselves to best business practices of both government and industry. As a consequence, OSD AT&L has mandated the use of variable length records provided by Defense Logistics Management Standards (DLMS) and the demise of MILS processing. Specifically, Chapter C8.6 of DOD 4140.1-R states "The DLMS shall be the primary system governing logistics functional business management standards and practices and shall provide a functional infrastructure for establishing and maintaining procedural guidelines required for its user community. The DLMS shall be the basis for new, replacement, and major modifications to logistics business processes/systems. The DLSS shall not be used for new, replacement, and major modifications to logistics business processes/systems."

DLMS processing is far from just a format change and greatly expands the information spectrum to capture both existing and emerging functionality to accommodate such innovations as IUID and RFID simply not capable with MILS-based processing. A total of 61 DLMS transactions subsume all the functionality of over 450 MILS transactions and innovative uses of DLMS transactions is rapidly on the rise. DLMS Implementation is a step into a new generation of logistics processing constrained only by your imagination.


Deputy Secretary of Defense signed DoD Directive 8190.01E "Defense Logistics Management Standards" policy on January 9, 2015. The OSD/AT&L Functional Strategy of 2013 mandates DLMS compliance by 2019. Accountability will be enforced through the Defense Business Council's Capital Planning and Investment Control process.

Frequently Asked DLMS Implementation Questions and Answers

DLMS Implementation Points of Contact
Supply Systems
Dena Bellack, DLMSImplementation@dla.mil
Transportation Systems
James DeCarli, 618-220-4387
DLMS Implementation Support Tools

For more information on DLMS migration and ending DLSS, go to the historical archives.

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