Defense Supply Center (Columbus)
Definition/Scope: The Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) has served in every major military engagement since World War I and is known as one of the largest suppliers of weapon systems spare parts. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps made the first purchase of land, 281 acres, to construct a government military installation in April, 1918. The original warehouses remained in use through the 1990s, but were demolished in 2000. After WWI the installation’s operations were reduced to the conditioning and sale of the stockpiles of materiel which had been needed in wartime. At the start of WWII, acquisition of additional acreage almost doubled the size of the installation as the civilian workforce rose to well over 10,000. This expansion made the Columbus Quartermaster Depot, as it was then known, the largest and busiest military supply installation in the world. During the final 11 months of the war, the depot housed more than 400 German prisoners of war. The installation’s operational activities were assigned to the U.S. Army Supply and Maintenance Command in July 1962. The following year, it became the Defense Construction Supply Center under what is presently known as the Defense Logistics Agency. In January 1996 DCSC was merged with the Defense Electronics Supply Center formerly of Dayton, Ohio, to arrive at its 14th name change, the Defense Supply Center Columbus. The Center’s 1996 reorganization was a product of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s ordered merger. Decisions made during BRAC 1995 transitioned the center to a total weapon systems management posture. The BRAC 2005 Commission noted that DSCC had the ability to expand and take on new missions. These changes had a positive impact on the procurement landscape at DSCC, and are part of an ongoing process. Today, DSCC is both an installation and an organization. As an installation, it is host to 26 tenant organizations on the 530-acre site. As an organization, DSCC continues to have a profound impact on national defense by supplying the armed forces with $3 billion worth of materiel annually.
Broader Terms:Army Prepositioned Stock
Related Terms:Army Strategic Logistics Plan