The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is the Dept. of Defense's largest combat support agency. It supplies almost every consumable item America's military services need to operate. Its latest initiatives have sought to streamline the supply depot and distribution system, focusing on moving DLA support far forward to the point of military customers' demand and managing suppliers, not just supplies. It no longer has warehouses of huge inventories and has increased use of contractors, even in the battlefield.
DLA business is conducted along supply chains, of which the aviation, land, maritime, and construction and equipment supply are the ones of most interest to suppliers of castings.
DLA is implementing more electronic commerce and in its efforts to streamline both the solicitation and award processes, requires that most of its business be done electronically from the time of the solicitation all the way through the submission of invoices for goods sold. Because of this major change in how DLA is conducting its procurement business, this guide has been developed to assist foundry professionals in preparing to be able to do business with DLA and to provide answers to some of the questions that may arise during the procurement process.