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Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services 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.

DCMA professionals serve as "information brokers" and in-plant representatives for military, Federal, and allied government buying agencies -- both during the initial stages of the acquisition cycle and throughout the life of the resulting contracts.

Before contract award, DCMA provides advice and information to help construct effective solicitations, identify potential risks, select the most capable contractors, and write contracts that meet the needs of our customers in DoD, Federal and allied government agencies.

After contract award, DCMA monitors contractors' performance and management systems to ensure that cost, product performance, and delivery schedules are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the contracts

Agency Data
Number of Contractors 19,682
Number of Active Contracts 345,300

Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello
Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency

As the Director, she leads a Department of Defense agency that consists of more than 11,900 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 20,000 contractors and more than $223 billion in unliquidated obligations.

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From the delivery of the first Galaxy in 1968, to the delivery of the first Super Galaxy, pictured below, to the final C-5M delivered this month, DCMA Lockheed Martin Marietta now has a 50-year legacy providing an unmatched capability to the United States Air Force.

The final C-5M delivery to Westover Air Reserve Base on Aug. 2 brings the Air Force inventory to 52.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. DeNoris A. Mickle

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"He was everything DCMA should be all about."

As we go about our work supporting the warfighter, it is imperative we remember all those who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

World War II veteran Irv Abramson stopped by DCMA Central Region HQ just outside of Chicago to discuss his life’s story with agency team members from across the Midwest. As a private first class, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient fought with the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Division through France, Germany and Belgium – where he was seriously injured during the Battle of the Bulge.

For many years, Abramson has partnered with Honor Flight Chicago – a non-profit organization that flies World War II and Korean veterans to Washington to be honored for their service.

DCMA acquisition professionals have gathered this week at the Central HQ to discuss the emerging challenges within the Defense contracting world.

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Defense Contract Management Agency International recently had a change of command ceremony to welcome Navy Capt. George Bresnihan and to say farewell to Navy Capt. Sonya Ebright. Look through our slide show to see photos and read about the ceremony.

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It's a complex job keeping our military equipped with the best tools for the job. Read how DCMA helps modernize DoD weapon systems to maintain America's battlefield superiority.

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After 27 trips and 70 site visits starting in Japan to his latest trip to Boeing St. Louis, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. David Lewis has wrapped up his first year as DCMA Director.

His conversations with subject matter experts and leadership confirmed the constantly changing nature of the acquisition industry. “DCMA has never been a static organization, and never will be,” he said. “DoD says we need to be agile. We all know that, because our mission has always required it. We've been able to change consistently, and successfully, during our 18 years as an independent agency because of your combined expertise.”

Even after a year of traveling, Lewis still has a ways to go before visiting each of the agency’s 1,000 locations worldwide. But he is hopeful, “If I have not been to your workplace yet, I will,” he said. “I appreciate your dedication and professionalism, and your feedback. I look forward to continuing to hone and shape our organization, together.”

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Happy Independence Day from DCMA!

"Freedom can't be taken for granted. It requires a strong Constitution, and a strong military to uphold it, and DCMA is an integral part of this. Our warfighters depend on us, just as we depend on them."

- Vice Adm. David Lewis, DCMA Director

U.S. Navy Lieutenant and USS Warrior MCM 10 alumnus Lt. Andrew Small shares what he thinks of his job at DCMA. Bottom line: "We get the job done from the factory floor to the front line to ensure our warfighters have everything they need."

Congratulations to Mr. Jorge Bennett on his induction into the Senior Executive Service on Tuesday, and as the new lead for DCMA's Cost and Pricing Center.

The center focuses on the timely delivery and relevant pricing for products, services and negotiation intelligence and support. Bennett envisions his group's role as "an enabler for agile acquisitions responsive to the Warfighters' needs, while achieving a fair and reasonable price that maximizes value to the taxpayer and preserve a robust industrial base for our nation."

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Happy birthday to all our U.S. Army – active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers; their families, the civilians who support them; and the millions of Army veterans, many here with us at DCMA. I'm proud that our agency can stand beside them, delivering the equipment they need to stay Army Strong! – VADM David Lewis, DCMA Director

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As Science, Technology, Engineering and Math touch almost every part of what DCMA does, encouraging our future workforce has never been more important. Read how DCMA Lockheed Martin Orlando is doing just that.

The DCMA Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale program support team recently supported a significant program milestone in the successful launch environment testing of the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite.

Often working second shifts and weekends as a cohesive team to ensure support for an aggressive program schedule, the Sunnyvale team supported multiple phases of vehicle processing including investigation of box removal and repairs, reassembly, test and integration.

Their combined efforts secured the programs next phase of satellite production and increased its orbit toward a successful delivery to the Air Force Space Command in 2019.

U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Filardi tests, accepts and delivers aircraft directly to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) warfighters. Read more in the latest edition of My DCMA.

Our recruiting team will be at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Hiring Heroes Career Fair at U.S. Army Fort Campbell Kentucky next Wednesday. Pass the word and stop by to find out about a career with DCMA.

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Watch as President Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Britt Slabinski.

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Christina Biggs has learned a lot from her mentor, Vivian Hill.

Biggs, a computer engineer at Defense Contract Management Agency Lockheed Martin Denver in Colorado, said Hill, who is the deputy director at DCMA Atlanta, has helped her set short- and long-term career goals.

Biggs said her mentoring relationship with Hill has been a rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. She has been mentored by Hill for a year under the pilot initiative for the DCMA formal mentoring program.

“To pursue complaints and function at an optimal level, DCMA IG’s core mission relies heavily on employee vigilance.”

DCMA IG needs your help to maintain a professional and ethical workplace environment. To find out more about its in-house Hotline and other reporting options, click here:

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DCMA is about product delivery. Check out the 2018 Insight magazine to see how, every day, we are on the factory floor making sure this happens.

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The contract maintenance capability board held a cross capability coordination summit on March 19-20 here at the Defense Contract Management Agency’s headquarters.

The summit, called “Making the Connection,” allowed participants from the various capability boards to collaborate and share lessons learned as the groups work to execute the Business Capability Framework.

DCMA developed the framework to better capture the agency’s return on investment to a more integrated model focusing on the organization’s products, including acquisition risk reduction and transaction support.

In today’s “My DCMA,” meet United States Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Cissell, a family man who sharpens his acquisition skills each day working on the global F-35 Lightning II program.

Check out his story to find out more:

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Who knew it takes a village to deliver a strike fighter?

DCMA Boeing St. Louis’ Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bellinghausen recently delivered the 300th F/A-18E single-seat variant Super Hornet to the U.S. Navy, but it took a full team of acquisition professionals to land this milestone delivery.

Find out more about the team’s efforts here:

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In one act, twelve DCMA Grand Rapids team members renovated a local veteran's home and helped a man named Leonel from Cameroon complete his volunteer commitment and qualify for his new house.

To read more about their story, click here:

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DCMA Lockheed Martin Moorestown hosted a training day on April 4 to provide employees an opportunity to learn from agency subject matter experts on a variety of topics based on areas of interest from a recent command climate survey.

“The event not only addressed issues from the survey, but it also tied into the values of the agency, which is to create an agile learning organization and culture that strives to exceed customer expectations by hiring, training, developing and retaining a diverse, motivated and engaged workforce,” said Navy Capt. David Rhone, LM Moorestown’s commander.

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ARMY GATR Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $522,498,247 modification (P00015)

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NAVY Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia, is awarded a $596,600,000

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NAVY Amsec LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00039-11-D-0030); Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia

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ARMY Weeks Marine Inc., Covington, Louisiana, was awarded an $112,846,250 firm-fixed-price contract

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NAVY Sentient Digital Inc., doing business as Entrust Government Solutions, New Orleans, Louisiana,

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DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY NeuroLogica Corp., Danvers, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum

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NAVYHuntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a $165,510,883

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ARMY General Dynamics Mission Systems, Taunton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $3,900,000,000 hybrid

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NAVY General Electric (GE), Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $630,500,000 firm-fixed-priced,