The NDS program was established under the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act of 1939 to maintain and manage strategic and critical materials for use during times of national emergency. Since its inception, stockpiled materials have included ores, base metals, precious metals, minerals and agricultural products. Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense (DoD) determined that virtually the entire Stockpile inventory was excess to DoD needs. Since 1993 Congress has authorized disposal of over 99 percent of the material, earmarking the revenues for various defense programs, primarily military health and retirement benefits.

DLA Strategic Materials offers a variety of material sales through two different sales vehicles:

Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA)

The Basic Ordering Agreement gives registered companies the ability to submit quotes on material during a given offering.  The materials DLA-Strategic Materials offers under the BOA are Ferromanganese, Ferrochromium, Chrome Metal and Tungsten Ores and Concentrates.  The offerings under the BOA are generally held the second, third and fourth weeks of each month.  Most of the commodity offerings open and close within 24 hours.   


  • Some pre-approved terms
  • Regularly scheduled offerings of small quantities of material
  • Available for immediate delivery (within 30 days)
  • Online quoting access to offerings

Negotiated Offering

The negotiated offerings are open to any company that wishes to secure material while having the option of negotiating removal terms, price and other factors.


  • No pre-registration
  • Price and removal terms are negotiable
  • Allows for long term removal periods of larger quantities

Auction Offering

Auction provides registered participants greater visibility and transparency when quoting on material.  Companies participating will view live pricing as new bids are submitted. Information on potential auction offerings will be made available in the future.

If you would like more information, please contact our Market Research office:

PH: 571-767-6500