Recently, there has been an increase of interest in the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) and how countries can find and acquire Department of Defense excess property. DRMS provides an alternative low-cost method of acquiring property through Foreign Military Sales (FMS). Recent changes have streamlined the ability to find property when and where you want it. With a web page and on-line searchable inventory, the property is virtually brought to your desktop. We invite you to read about DRMS and what DRMS offers the security assistance world.
What is DRMS?
DRMS has performed disposal services for the Department of Defense (DoD) for 27 years as a primary field level activity of the Defense Logistics Agency. The mission of DRMS is to maximize the return to the American taxpayer by finding new homes for the property in other government agencies, non-profit organizations, the armed services, and foreign governments. Property remaining after this effort is cataloged and sold to the public.
In addition to handling excess property, DRMS provides other services, including hazardous waste disposal. DRMS uses teams of Environmental Protection Specialists to provide systemic improvements throughout its operations. As a result DRMS has emerged as a leader in the field, finding environmentally safe solutions for everything from the disposal of used motor oil to retrograding hazardous waste from places as widespread as Turkey, Seychelles, Newfoundland, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Philippines.
DRMS is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, and employs 2,600 people in 113 field offices in 16 different countries. The personnel are responsible for processing the property turned in from over 5,000 DoD field activities covering six continents, which means DRMS operates 24 hours a day year-round. To assist in managing the global operations, DRMS has an international headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Foreign Military Sales is one of the many programs qualified to receive DRMS property. To assist in this effort, DRMS writes and negotiates all of its own cases. The FMS program at DRMS is subject to the rules and regulations of the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act and all cases are congressionally notified. All of DRMS's assets are considered Excess Defense Articles by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and processed in that manner.
DRMS receives over $18 billion worth of excess property each year. We receive property from all of the armed services, including the Defense Logistics Agency, National Guard, and reserve units. When property is no longer needed or DoD has too many items in stock, the property is deemed excess and scheduled for turn in at one of the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Offices (DRMOs).
The inventory changes daily and can include anything from vehicles, aircraft parts, clothing, bearings, hardware, medical equipment, electronics, weapon system parts and machine tools. DRMS has the potential of processing most of the six million items in the DoD supply system.
Once property enters the inventory, it begins a 42-day screening cycle. If the DoD, federal and state agencies have no interest in the property within this time period, the property is sold to the general public. Items that have a military offensive or defensive capability are demilitarized (destroyed) and sold as scrap. Therefore it is important to locate needed property as soon as possible. DRMS has several methods to assist the customer in finding the property.
Because the DoD considers the property excess, the property is in a wide range of conditions. The owner turning in the item determines the condition of the property. The condition of the property ranges from new and in original packaging to items whose only value is as scrap. Realizing the inherent problem of identifying the …