The Defense Logistics Agency is responsible for supplying the military with everything it consumes—from food, to clothing, to hardware, to fuel. It traces its history to World War II, when the need for a quick military build-up led to the consolidation of Army and Navy supply chains. Today, the DLA is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, in northern Virginia.
Value of sales and service FY 2004: $28 billion
Rank, if it were a Fortune 500 company: 54
Requisitions per day: 54,000
Items managed: 5.2 million
Value of inventory: $89.2 billion
Contracts awarded per day: 8,200
Meals provided to support war in Iraq: 166 million
Source: Defense Logistics Agency
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