m20 - Management of Defence - Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)


Following the establishment of PJHQ at Northwood it became important to combine the separate logistics functions of the three Armed Forces. As a result, in 2000 the three distinct separate service logistic functions were fused into one and the Defence Logistic Organisation was formed.

On 1 April 2007 the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) and the Defence Logistic Organisation (DLO) were merged to form Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S). The first Chief of Defence Materiel is General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue who took over the post in 2007.

The MoD plans for the DE&S to be the engine that delivers ‘Through Life’ equipment and logistic support, and making sure the whole factory to front line process is seamless and properly integrated.

Some of the DE&S responsibilities to Joint Operations include:

  • Logistics planning, resource management, contractual support and policy

  • Global fleet management and land-based equipment

  • Support of the naval fleet and all naval systems

  • Communication and Information Systems

  • Transport and movements

  • Food and ration packs

  • Ammunition

  • Fuel, Oil and Lubricants

  • Postal Services

  • Clothing and tentage

  • Storage for all equipment and material

With approximately 29,000 personnel, DE&S is one of the largest organisations within the MoD. With an annual budget of around £16 billion DE&S is at 65 locations and is represented at 150 specific sites.