At the direction of President Obama, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is procuring a six-month meat supply for its Department of Defense (DOD) customers to provide relief to the drought-stricken agriculture industry.
The DLA Troop Support Subsistence supply chain is asking its top three prime vendors to purchase, store and distribute beef, pork, lamb, chicken and catfish items, said Tom Daley, deputy director. He estimated the purchases will amount to more than $100 million.
In 2011, DLA Troop Support Subsistence provided 95 million pounds of beef, 68 million pounds of pork, 500,000 pounds of lamb, 55 million pounds of chicken and 2 million pounds of catfish to the U.S. military services and other DOD agencies all over the world.
As a DOD combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate -- from food, fuel and energy to uniforms, medical supplies and construction and barrier equipment.
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 27,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,210 weapon systems.