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Military Health System

Defense Health Agency

The Defense Health Agency is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. The DHA uses the principles of Ready Reliable Care to advance high reliability practices across the Military Health System by improving our system operations, driving innovative solutions, and cultivating a culture of safety. 

What We Do

The DHA’s global workforce of almost 140,000 civilians and military personnel is committed to medical excellence, health care improvement and ensuring military personnel are ready to perform combat operations and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.

DHA At-a-Glance

  • On Oct. 1, 2018, began a four-year transition to assume authority, direction and control of the DOD’s more than 400 clinics, hospitals, and medical centers.
  • Currently Operates 10 enterprise support activities at the DHA Headquarters level to ensure standardization across the Military Health System.
  • Manages procurement and distribution of an $11 billion a year medical supply chain including about 560,000 medical devices, for the Joint Force.
  • Enables a global network of military and civilian health care professionals to provide care to 9.6 million service members, retirees and family members.

Department of Defense Directive 3000.06, Effective July 8, 2016, Combat Support Agencies

Our Priorities

We're committed to ensuring uniformed service members are healthy and safe from potential health threats, and health care professionals who provide care for our forces, receive optimized training, education, and relevant clinical settings to build skills for deployment. Without our people, the MHS cannot deliver the optimal care our beneficiaries expect and deserve. This commitment is organized around four strategic priorities in the DHA Campaign Plan.

Enterprise Support Activities

DHA supports the Military Departments and the Combatant Commands through the provision of enterprise support activities, providing medical capabilities across the Joint Force. Those activities include:

This is the Defense Health Agency

Last Updated: November 15, 2022
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