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DLA Research and Development


R&D pioneers DLA’s industrial base and supply chain innovation across 14 leading-edge logistics research (LogTech), manufacturing technology (ManTech), and small business innovation program (SBIP) programs to enhance Warfighter readiness.

R&D’s focus areas are: Business and Digital Development Data Modernization, Supply Chain Resiliency, Additive Manufacturing, Rare Earth and Strategic Materials, GenAI/AI/ML, Large Language Models, Digital Sustainment Platform, Digital Twin/Digital Thread, Nuclear Enterprise Sustainment Support, and Greening and Sustainability.

Our 16 program managers direct over 325 innovative projects including the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award-winning powerful, lightweight military batteries project under our Battery Network (BATTNET).

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 – Research should focus on strengthening the DOD's Digital Engineering Strategy and Digital Modernization Strategy with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing techniques that support DLA and Defense Industrial Base by developing innovative solutions through digital twins of manufacturing processes, digitizing critical organizational workflows and dynamics, and preparing a technologically proficient workforce. 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
ANTICIPATED IN 2024 Strategic Materials - Research in strategic and critical materials supply chains that have been compromised by decreased or abandoned domestic mining and refining activities or lack of domestic manufacturing.        



Abstract poster for the 2024 DLA Hackathon2024 DLA Hackathon

This interactive event will help the agency expand its use of artificial intelligence and enhance warfighter sustainment.

The DLA Research and Development team is looking for qualified contractors with advanced data scraping capabilities, innovative methodologies, and the potential to create impactful AI solutions tailored to DLA’s domains.

For more information and timelines, check out our 

DLA Hackathon Info Paper

 View the request for proposals at .

Proposals must be submitted by March 20.


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:

Disposition Services | May 14, 2024

Agency property disposition warehouse gets virtual makeover

A “digital twin” research and development project is helping logistics planners reconfigure DLA’s San Joaquin site within a virtual environment.

Information Operations | March 25, 2024

DLA engineer shatters glass ceiling

Lori Smith-Mitchell’s strong faith and passion for her craft propelled her to become the first female engineer at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution. Smith-Mitchell’s engineering interests were sparked while attending a science, technology,

Information Operations | March 20, 2024

Tech incubator helps DLA further innovation efforts

The Defense Logistics Agency’s Research and Development Technology Accelerator Team hosted the agency’s third Innovation Navigators Course Feb. 6-9 in Arlington, Virginia. The group of 21 leaders from across the enterprise formed a cohort focused on