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Agencies & Field Activities

The below defense agencies and field activities have identified civilian acquisition workforce personnel within their organizations. They continuously evaluate their workforce as part of readiness to strengthen cohesion and meet challenges. Enabling a world-class acquisition workforce underpins all of the 4th Estate DACM office’s efforts to achieve and maintain acquisition excellence.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

For sixty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.


Defense Acquisition University

DAU's vision is to foster an accomplished and adaptive workforce, giving the warfighter a decisive edge. DAU provides a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.


Defense Commissary Agency

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.


Defense Contract Audit Agency

DCAA provides audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense and other federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. As a key member of the government acquisition team, it is a dedicated steward of taxpayer dollars and delivers high quality audits and services to ensure warfighters get what they need at fair and reasonable prices.


Defense Contract Management Agency

DCMA is the Department of Defense component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal and allied government supplies are delivered on time, at projected cost and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies and helps preserve the nation’s freedom.


Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

DCSA will serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. The DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program.


Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing prekindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense.


Defense Health Agency

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime.


Defense Human Resources Activity

DHRA is a multifaceted organization with a diverse mission set. DHRA provides centralized and comprehensive personnel data management and analysis for the entire Department of Defense.


Defense Finance and Accounting Services

As one of the world’s largest finance and accounting operations, DFAS supports military and civilian customers. Our mission emphasizes the importance of DFAS’ role as a primary contributor in standardizing and improving finance and accounting activities across the DoD. Our strategy supports our efforts to provide superior services to our customers now and in the future.


Department of Defense Inspector General

DoDIG detects and deters fraud, waste and abuse in Department of Defense programs and operations; promotes the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the DoD and helps ensure ethical conduct throughout the DoD.


Defense Intelligence Agency

DIA fulfills a unique role at the intersection of the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Warfighters, policymakers and acquisition leaders rely on DIA for foundational intelligence on foreign militaries and the operating environment.


Defense Information Systems Agency

DISA is a combat support agency of the Department of Defense. The agency provides, operates and assures command and control and information-sharing capabilities and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national level leaders and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of military operations.


Defense Logistics Agency

As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, DLA manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user to disposition – for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies and partner and allied nations.


Defense Media Activity

DMA provides a broad range of high quality multimedia products and services to inform, educate and entertain Department of Defense audiences around the world.


Defense Microelectronics Activity

DMEA is the organization within the Department of Defesne with the unique mision to provide microelectronic components and assemblies for the Department’s legacy systems.


Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

DPAA is a world-class workforce that fulfills our nation’s obligation by maximizing the number of missing personnel accounted for while ensuring timely, accurate information is provided to their families.


Defense Security Cooperation Agency

DSCA’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise and equip foreign partners.


Defense Technical Information Center

DTIC supports the USD(R&E)’s efforts to mitigate new and emerging threat capabilities, enable affordable or extended capabilities in existing military systems, and develop technology surprise through engineering.


Defense Threat Reduction Agency

DTRA enables the Department of Defense and the U.S. Government to prepare for and combat weapons of mass destruction and improvised threats and to ensure nuclear deterrence.


Defense Technology Security Administration

DTSA administers the development and implementation of Department of Defense technology security policies on international transfers of defense-related goods, services and technologies.


Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is a body of senior uniformed leaders in the Department of Defense who advise the President of the U.S, the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council on military matters.


Missile Defense Agency

MDA develops, tests and fields an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system to defend the United Statues, its deployed forces, allies and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.


National Defense University

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.


National Reconnaissance Office

NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.


National Security Agency

NSA/Central Security Service leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance (now referred to as cybersecurity) products and services and enables computer network operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the nation and our allies under all circumstances.


Office of the Secretary of Defense

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities.


Pentagon Force Protection Agency

PFPA protects and safeguards designated Department of Defense personnel, resources and facilities.


Test Resource Management Center

TRMC ensures the Department of Defense Components have the right Test and Evaluation infrastructure to accomplish the Test and Evaluation mission.


Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

USUHS educates, trains and comprehensively prepares uniformed services health professionals, scientists and leaders to support the Military and Public Health Systems, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States and the readiness of our Uniformed Services.


Washington Headquarters Services

WHS is the essential services provider for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of Defense (DoD) agencies and offices in the national capital region. WHS provides a wide range of centralized capabilities to DoD headquarters, OSD and DoD components, enabling economies of scale for delivering essential administrative services to fulfill the mission of the Department.

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