Defense Logistics Agency is comprised of four major Inventory Control Points or Defense Supply Centers that are responsible for purchasing commodities
and services which are common to all Military Services and some Federal civilian agencies.
The Four DLA Defense Supply Centers are:
Defense Energy Support Center (DESC)
manages all petroleum resources used by the Military. DESC also
buys and sells deregulated electricity and natural gas to DoD
and other Federal Agency customers. Their Web site is
fuels, distillate fuels, residual fuels, automotive
gasoline's (for overseas locations only), specified bulk
lubricating oils, aircraft engine oils, and fuel
additives such as fuel system icing inhibitor, and crude
oil in support of the Department of Energy Strategic
Petroleum Reserve Program.
Direct Delivery Fuels—Ground vehicle fuel, ships’
propulsion fuel, commercial airport fuel, installation
fuels, propellants, and various chemicals and gases
largely in support of the United States Air Force and
the NASA space launch and satellite program.
Alternative Fuels—Utility privatization, natural
gas, coal, electricity.
DESC Small Business Office:
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Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC)
DSCC is the lead center for Land,
Maritime, & Aerospace systems support. Their Web site is
consumable repair parts for over 600 land-based weapon
systems maintained by all Military Services. Items
include diesel engine components, power transmission
components, vehicular body, frame and chassis
components, canvas products (covers, cushions), hoses
and guns (parts only).
Maritime—Provides logistical support for over 360
weapon systems for America's Armed Forces. Items
include valves & pumps, compressors, fittings, steam
turbine components, and engine fuel system components.
Aerospace—Gyro components, sensors, thermal
resistors, level detectors, launcher components.
devices such as
electron tubes, oscillators and
crystals, semiconductores, boards and cards, microcircuits, electronic modules,and optoelectric devices;electrical devices such as switches,
connectors, relays and solenoids, and wire and cable products;
passive devices such as resistors,
capacitors, coils and transformers, and filters and
electronic and fiber optic items such as
communications equipment, fiber optics, fire control
equipment, guided missile components and launchers,
fuses, synchros and resolvers, amplifiers, circuit
breakers, antennas and waveguides, and measuring and
Small Business Office:
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Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP)
DSCP is the lead Center for Troop & General Support,
managing food, clothing, textiles, medicines, medical
equipment, general and industrial supplies, and support for
U.S. humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.
Clothing & Textiles—Uniforms,
outerwear, undergarments, tents, cloth hats, hand wear,
footwear, individual clothing and equipment, flags, and
Subsistence—Food in support of military dining
facilities and ships galleys as well as numerous
non-military federal customers.
fresh, chill and freeze, semi-perishable and
market-ready items; and operational rations, war
readiness, humanitarian and emergency relief items for
peacetime and contingency requirements.
Fresh fruit and
vegetables are also procured for the Defense Commissary
Agency, Military Exchanges, Civilian Agencies as well as
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including states and
school districts in the National School Lunch Program.
biomedical and hospital
equipment, and med/surgical supplies.
Hardware such as nails, keys, pins, rivets, fastening
devices, brackets, knobs and pointers, coil, flat and
wire springs; safety and rescue equipment such as face
respirators, chemical/biological masks, oxygen
canisters, harnesses, hoists, face-shields, welding
goggles, life vests, and fall protection devices;
building materials such as sawmill and planning mill
machinery, woodworking machines, measuring tools,
inspection gages and precision layout tools, cabinets,
lockers, bins and shelving, industrial furnaces, kilns,
lehrs and ovens, tile, brick and block, roofing and
siding materials, and fencing, fences and gates; heavy
equipment such as material handling
lifts, warehouse trucks), construction (e.g. excavators,
loaders, graders), general (e.g. sweepers, cranes,
tractors), and fire trucks and rescue vehicles;
material handling such as conveyors, warehouse trucks
and tractors, tie downs, pallets, and stacking systems;
general and industrial ventilation and air conditioning;
wood products; and photographic and imaging equipment
Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR)
DSCR is the lead center for aviation weapon systems and
environmental logistics support.
components, bearings, air frames, helicopter components,
cargo aviation items, cable assemblies, instrumentation
and gages, aviation life support items, aircraft landing
gear components, aircraft ground servicing equipment,
chain and wire rope, guided missile maintenance and
repair equipment, lugs, terminals, terminal strips,
electrical motors, non-rotating electrical converters,
electrical control equipment, and generators.
Chemicals, chemical products, and industrial gases and
cylinders, and rings, shims, and spacers, which support
most major weapons systems.
Maps—Maps, charts and
graphs for all DoD Activities.
oil, battery consignment program, federal government’s
ozone depleting substance reserve.
Equipment—Lathes, milling machines, grinders,
vertical turret lathes, horizontal boring mills,
presses, machining centers, bending machines and other
equipment primarily used in maintenance, production, and
research and development facilities within DoD
activities worldwide, both afloat and ashore.
Other DLA Purchasing Activities
While the Defense Supply Centers are DLA’s contracting
activities, there are other DLA purchasing activities.
These include a distribution center, three service centers,
and a support services component.
Defense Distribution Center (DDC)
is the lead center for distribution for DLA.
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Defense Distribution Center Depots
located throughout the United States and Europe store 4.0
million stock numbers in 327 million square feet of storage
space and process over 23 million transactions annually.
Clothing and textiles, electronics, industrial, general and
construction supplies, subsistence, medical material and the
military services’ principle end items are among the
commodities for which the DDC is responsible.
The Service Centers are:
Automation and Production Service (DAPS)
the single manager for all DOD printing and duplicating,
providing automated information products and services to
DOD and designated Federal activities. This includes
the digital conversion, storage, output and distribution
of documents, in any format or medium customers require,
whether on-line, compact disk, cassette or printed
Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)
provides DOD with worldwide reuse, recycling and
DRMS disposes of excess property received from the
Military Services. The inventory changes daily and
includes thousands of items from air conditioners to
vehicles, clothing to computers, and much more.
Property is first offered for reutilization within the
Department of Defense, transferred to other Federal
agencies, or donated to State and local governments and
other qualified organizations. Excess property that is
not reutilized, transferred or donated may be sold to
the public as surplus. DRMS also manages the disposal
of hazardous property for DoD activities.
National Stockpile Center (DNSC)
is responsible for providing safe, secure and
environmentally sound stewardship for
strategic and critical materials in
the United States National Defense Stockpile (NDS). An
early form of the NDS was created just before World War
II with a mission of acquiring and storing metals,
minerals and agricultural supplies such as rubber. The
stockpile of materials was intended to decrease
dependence upon foreign sources of supply during
national emergency. Commodities range from base metals
such as zinc, lead, cobalt, and chromium to the more
precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and
industrial diamonds. There is no private sector company
in the world that sells this wide range of commodities
Enterprise Support (DES) is a headquarters component of DLA.
DES Base Contracting (DES-A) is focused on providing
Headquarters Complex customers
with timely and cost-effective services in facilities
support, security, quality of life, and contracting. The
offers an experienced staff with expertise in the
acquisition of Information Technology (IT) resources and the
full spectrum of base contracting support requirements.