Director's Intent

The Defense Logistics Agency has a proud history of supporting the warfighter. Since DLA’s founding in 1961, we have remained true to two core principles, providing effective logistics support to the operating forces of our military services and doing so at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer.

We live in such a complex, rapidly-changing world; DLA must continuously review its strategy to meet global mission requirements as prescribed by the Department of Defense. This strategic plan reaffirms and extends our commitment to warfighter readiness and lethality and to self-accountability.

Our world-class workforce, both military and civilian, are at the heart of our ability to deliver results. I truly believe people and culture is the secret sauce of DLA, and it is indispensable to the success of our agency. In coordination with our strategic partners, I have complete confidence in this team’s ability to support our men and women in uniform and other valued customers. My confidence rests upon the understanding of “why” our people do what they do – to serve the warfighter and our nation.

DLA remains a bold, forward-leaning, and innovative organization. Our strength lies in collective, synchronized action and fierce dedication to mission accomplishment by every member of the team. Please join me in furthering the legacy of our nation’s combat logistics support agency.

The plan describes five lines of effort that DLA will leverage to provide global, end-to-end supply chain solutions.
The Strategic Plan emblem with five slices of a wheel representing military missions. Each segment has text saying each Line of Effort name and summary.
Former DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams


  • Warfighter First: Strengthen Service and Combatant Command Readiness and Lethality
  • Strong Partnerships: Leverage the Joint Logistics Enterprise, Interagency, Industry, and Partner and Allied Nations


Develop Leaders   |   Resource the Enterprise   |   Manage the Talent   |   Sustain our People


Fortify the Culture   |   Perform and Reward   |   Build Connections   |   Protect the Workforce

Secretary of Defense Priorities

Build a More Lethal Force

Strengthen Alliances and Attract New Partners

Reform Business Practices of the Department

DLA’s Mission

Sustain warfighter readiness and lethality by delivering proactive global logistics in peace and war.

DLA’s Vision

We are the nation’s combat logistics support agency: global, agile and innovative; focused on the warfighter first.


To serve the warfighter and our nation.

Core Values

Leadership, professionalism, and technical knowledge through dedication to duty, integrity, ethics, honor, courage and loyalty.