Mr. Eric J. Mata
Acting Administrator & Deputy Administrator, DLA Strategic Materials
As Deputy Administrator of Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials, Mr. Mata assists in directing the Department of Defense organization responsible for managing the National Defense Stockpile, a program charged with the mission of reducing U.S. dependence upon foreign sources of strategic and critical materials during times of national emergency.
Mr. Mata was promoted to the position of Deputy Administrator in October of 2016. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing general stockpile management operations, material sales, acquisitions and supply chain analysis. Prior to becoming Deputy Administrator, Mr. Mata was promoted to the position of DLA Strategic Materials Director of Finance in 2014, and he served in that role until becoming Deputy Administrator. Prior to becoming Director of Finance, Mr. Mata served in a variety of financial management positions supporting other supply chain operations within the DLA portfolio. Preceding the start of his career as a federal civil servant in 2009, Mr. Mata enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001. He completed a five year enlistment, primarily supporting U.S. diplomatic missions abroad and was honorably discharged in 2006.
While serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Mata earned his BS in business management from the University of Phoenix. He is currently pursuing his MBA with a focus in Global Supply Chain Management from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.