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R&D 2023 Snapshot

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DLA Research and Development


DLA Research and Development is dedicated to improving warfighter support by addressing military needs, redefining internal business processes for DLA's global supply chain and addressing industrial base manufacturing issues.

DLA R&D focuses on logistics, manufacturing technology and small business innovation with over 250 projects. R&D's mission is to develop and deliver new capabilities through applied technologies and innovative solutions to enhance warfighter sustainment.


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Name Description Details
Acquisition Modernization Technology Research (AMTR) Leads the evolutionary future of acquisition, delivering collaborative, digitally enabled solutions through emerging technologies, data science and processes that leverage a knowledge-rich workforce, actionable market intelligence, modernized enterprise IT resources, and a secure and connected supply chain.​ AMTR Quick Reference
Energy Readiness Program (ERP) Guides Research and Development efforts for operational energy initiatives related to the DOD Class III Bulk Fuels and Energy. ERP Quick Reference
Strategic Distribution & Disposition (SDD) Supports the DLA Distribution Modernization Program by closing the gap between the public and private sector capabilities. SDD Quick Reference
Supply Chain Management - Sustainability (SCM-S) Enhances DLA’s ability to correctly assess and meet current and future warfighter supply chain requirements by leveraging Research and Development to infuse innovation into solutions.  SCM-S Quick Reference
Logistics Technology Research (LTR) Leverages advanced technologies to shape acquisition, planning and supply chain security across the DLA supply chain network. LTR Quick Reference 
Applied Research & Testing Emergent Technologies (ARTET) A testing and development resource for Research & Development and other non-R&D program projects and prototypes. ARTET Quick Reference

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Name Description Details
Advanced Microcircuit Emulation (AME)

Develops and implements a trusted, flexible, continuing design and manufacturing capability to produce military qualified form, fit and function microcircuits​.

AME Quick Reference
Battery Network (BATTNET)

Leverages emerging technologies to improve defense battery production, logistics and performance.

BATTNET Quick Reference
Additive Manufactuing

Provides the warfighter with alternative supply sources, decreasing lead times while increasing material availability and readiness.

Additive Manufactuing Quick Reference

DLA Additive Manufacturing Implementation Plan (PDF)

Casting Strengthens the industrial supply chain for weapon system production and sustainment of metal cast parts​. Casting Quick Reference
Forging Strives to strengthen the industrial supply chain for weapon system production and sustainment of forged parts​. Forging Quick Reference
Defense Logistics Information Research (DLIR)

Researches core technologies to improve the quality and interoperability of logistics data.

DLIR Quick Reference
Military Unique Sustainment Technology (MUST) Focuses on Troop Support Clothing and Textiles related issues and addresses the Government Accountability Office recommendation and challenges identified by the stakeholders.  MUST Quick Reference
Subsistence Network (SUBNET) Seeks emerging technologies to improve and implement innovative processes and capabilities in the subsistence supply chain. SUBNET Quick Reference

Broad Agency Announcements

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Description Link Open Dates Type Ceiling
Metal Casting – Scientific study and experiments directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding in areas related to Metal Casting BAA 0001-21 7/15/2021-6/30/2026


  • Cost Sharing IDIQ – CPFF, FFP Considered
  • White Paper


Subsistence Network – Develop manufacturing improvements in the subsistence supply chain including Combat Rations, Field Feeding Solutions, Food Footprint, Equipment, Innovations, et al. BAA 0004-21 7/14/2021-7/13/2026


  • Cost Reimbursement


Defense Logistics Information Research/Supply Chain Management – Advanced processes and technologies enabling DLA business process transition to DoD’s Digital Engineering and Digital Modernization Strategy, and DLA’s Technical Data Modernization Transformation. BAA 0002-21 09/02/2021-09/01/2026
  • IDIQ
  • White Paper process


Battery Network – Manufacturing and logistics solutions that improve the industry’s capability to deliver improved performance, quality, safety, and shelf-life batteries faster and at lower cost BAA 0006-21 09/02/2021-09/16/2026


  • IDIQ


Military Unique Sustainment Technology (MUST) – Re-engineering DLA Troop Support Clothing and Individual Equipment supply chain into a Model Based Enterprise BAA 0001-20 4/1/2021-8/2/2025


  • Cost Reimbursable IDIQ


Weapon Systems Sustainment (WSS) – Technologies or innovative business practices for weapon systems. BAA-0002-19 8/13/2020-8/28/2024


  • Cost Reimbursable IDIQ
  • White Paper 


Emergent IV BAA – Scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding in 14 Areas of Interest not anticipated by DLA’s annual R&D program planning and development processes. BAA-0001-22 6/13/2022- 6/12/2027


  • Cost, Cost Sharing, CPFF
  • At Gov’t’s discretion FFP


Strategic Distribution and Disposition (SDD) - Technologies or innovative business practices or processes, including 5G smart warehouse modernization solutions.

BAA-0001-23 02/08/2023 - 02/07/2028
  • IDIQ
Acquisition Modernization Technology Research (AMTR) - Assess acquisition and procurement processes, identifies and prioritizes areas that would benefit from IT modernization or advanced technologies, evaluates technical requirements, and pursues future research efforts for DLA. SP4701-23-B-0001 05/03/2023 - 05/29/2028
  • IDIQ
  • Tech and Cost until 11/28/23
  • White paper afterward



Abstract poster for the 2023 Industry Collider Day September 11, 2023

2023 Industry Collider Day

Forging tech-forward connections to enable proactive global logistics



R&D Videos

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Video by Nutan Chada

DoD Manufacturing Technology: Developing Disruptive & Transformational Solutions (open caption)

  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Jan. 12, 2023 | 13:16

United States manufacturing and innovation are essential to American economic and national security. It is the responsibility of the Department of Defense (DoD) to innovate and equip our forces with the best tools possible, made by Americans. The DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) enterprise attempts to utilize advanced manufacturing to secure a more lethal force, strengthen alliances and new partnerships, and reform the Department for greater performance and affordability. For more information about DoD ManTech, visit:

Enterprisewide | Sept. 13, 2023

Innovation will help shape future of military logistics

Innovation in logistics is key to the nation’s ability to deter aggression as it meets new and growing threats, a DOD leader said at Industry Collider Day on the anniversary of 9/11.

Enterprisewide | Sept. 12, 2023

Industry Collider Day sparks collaboration on supply chain challenges

Today’s global security environment highlights the need for logistics solutions that allow the world’s mightiest military to maintain its upper edge in lethality, DLA's director said Sept. 11 at the fourth annual Industry Collider Day.

Enterprisewide | Aug. 29, 2023

Vice director outlines DLA’s strategy for managing logistics in conteste...

Assessing whether the right material is pre-positioned appropriately and near optimal distribution nodes is at the heart of DLA's efforts to posture itself for future operational challenges, DLA Vice Director Brad Bunn said at NDIA's Emerging