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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.
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.
Pentagon Force Protection Agency
PFPA protects and safeguards designated Department of Defense personnel, resources and facilities.
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.