Government procurement services play a crucial role in supply chain management. As an aerospace supplier, Greenwood Aerospace knows the significant impact government procurement has on essential resources reaching military bases and federal departments. But how does government procurement influence our national security? 

In this article, we’ll dive into the factors that make U.S. government procurement efficient, effective, and world-class. From humble beginnings to modern procurement systems, we’ll look at: 

  • Exploring government procurement
  • Agencies and government procurement
  • Greenwood Aerospace’s government procurement services

At Greenwood Aerospace, our four decades of industry experience make us a leader in aircraft procurement. We source the aircraft parts and accessories that you need to be mission ready. Continue reading to learn more about how we can assist you in your government procurement needs.

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Exploring Government Procurement

Government procurement is undoubtedly an essential part of the government supply chain, so, when it comes to our national security, where did it all begin? With so many government agencies and military branches that all have different responsibilities within our national security efforts, it is easy to forget that government procurement also affects domestic security.

In this section, we’ll focus on the context of government procurement’s role in national security, including: 

  1. The history of government procurement
  2. Military procurement
  3. Aircraft procurement

It all starts with government procurement’s role at the beginning of our nation’s history. National security as we know it developed over the course of a few centuries and relied on war efforts to build the modern systems we use today. Meeting the U.S.’s goal of asserting independence started the process of creating a reliable system for government procurement services. 

The History of Government Procurement

During the early establishment of the United States and the Revolutionary War, government procurement focused on utilizing private contractors to supply the military with weapons, ammunition, and other essential resources. A hundred years later when the Civil War began, there was a significant expansion of procurement as the Union and Confederate armies equipped their forces. National security efforts had shifted from protecting ourselves from the external world to fighting against local forces. 

Shortly after the turn of the century, World War I started. This saw the U.S. expand government procurement services significantly. While there were zero fatalities on any attempted onshore attacks, namely one small attack on Cape Cod, the war effort the American army faced abroad was huge. Mobilization of essential equipment and weapons was of paramount importance in 1917. Measures were taken to standardize procurement through procedures that ensured the protection of equipment by marking packages and introducing MIL-SPEC codes.

By World War II, government procurement helped the federal government’s continuing campaigns to meet war demands. National security was a top priority after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and so was supplying troops, onshore and abroad, with necessary equipment and services.

Massive contracts were awarded to private contractors to produce aircraft, parts, and other essential equipment which assisted army aviation units in warfare. The government worked closely with private industry to incentivize production in order to win the war, and it worked. The government recognized the importance of industrialization and technology in increasing military strength and utilized defense contractors to make it happen. 

After the Second World War, government procurement continued to flourish. The Cold War quickly followed and necessitated ongoing production processes to remain, encouraging defense contractors and suppliers to lead the development of advanced weapon systems and technology. As our armed forces extended their reach to Korea and Vietnam, the defense industry grew to become an economic force, subsequently turning government procurement into a key part of our national security.

In recent years, the U.S. government has faced new challenges in government procurement related to national security, including: 

  • Addressing cybersecurity risk
  • Ensuring supply chain resilience
  • Adapting to emerging technologies

The U.S. government has placed increasing emphasis on securing critical infrastructure, protecting sensitive information, and promoting domestic manufacturing capabilities. For Greenwood Aerospace, this means working closely with military prime contractors on fulfilling awards through our in-depth military and defense contracting services. 

Government Procurement for the Military

With the United States seeing an increase in military spending over the last twenty years, and over two thousand dollars per capita in defense expenditure for 2022 alone, there’s no denying that government procurement massively contributes to the U.S.’s economy and national security efforts.

Maintaining the readiness of the armed forces requires a highly effective military supply chain and agile government procurement service agencies. Acquisition of weapons, equipment, and supplies for defense operations, training, and deployment all play a crucial role in the U.S.’s national security. The military procurement system drives innovation in technological advancements and defense systems forward, encouraging research and development. 

Military procurement aligns with the national defense strategy and helps prioritize defense spending based on strategic goals and threats. This ensures that the armed forces are equipped with the necessary tools and capabilities to protect our national interests. Our government procurement service’s connection to the military also has implications for international relationships and diplomacy.

Collaborative defense procurement programs with allies, such as Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Programs, foster international partnerships, interoperability, and burden-sharing, which strengthens collective global security. At Greenwood Aerospace, we offer FMS sales and support services for military branches, both locally and internationally. Our experienced team has a proven record of working with FMS contracts from start to finish and can assist you in your next FMS Program. 

Government Procurement for Aircraft

Within government procurement falls the responsibility of acquiring effective aircraft parts and services. Aircraft procurement itself allows the U.S. to deploy military assets rapidly worldwide, not to mention sustaining the advancements of air superiority, including:

  1. Advanced fighter aircraft
  2. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  3. Aerial surveillance systems

This helps to protect airspace, deter adversaries, and support distinct missions. National security is supported by aircraft procurement, as it aids military mobility and addresses tactical needs. For example, strategic airlift and aerial refueling capabilities provided by transport aircraft ensure fast response to contingencies. Transport aircraft enable swift movement of forces and support expeditionary operations and critical response.

Government procurement encompasses aircraft systems that facilitate command and control functions, such as aircraft communication systems. Acquiring advanced technologies ensures air superiority and enables effective command and control which further enhances the nation’s defense capabilities. 

Greenwood Aerospace’s role within government procurement is one of great experience and knowledge. We assist government agencies in every aspect of aerospace program success. We keep aviation programs flying and provide the best possible service to ensure agencies who depend on government procurement services get every part they need.

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Agencies and Government Procurement Services

Government procurement covers a wide range of services and equipment that assists many agencies serving varied functions. Many independent agencies have their own procurement systems. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for example, has its own procurement processes and procedures that are tailored to meet its specific needs. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy lists an extensive range of guides and memoranda; however, we’ll cover the following agencies that are most influential to government procurement, including:

  1. Department of Defense (DOD)
  2. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  3. Other agency regulators for government procurement

Let’s look at the DOD and the way that government procurement affects national security efforts through defense agencies. 

The Department of Defense (DOD)

We rely on the extensive resources and manpower of the DOD to ensure our nation is safe from global threats and prepared for rapid deployment should conflict or disaster arise. With this in mind, it begs the question, how does our government procurement service support the DOD? The DOD covers a wide range of defense needs and services through its various agencies. The most commonly known and major agencies that the DOD supports include the: 

Within these major branches, the DOD maintains control over the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and other subsequent commands and guards.

The DOD follows a structured and regulated acquisition process for every one of its branches to ensure effective and efficient procurement. A significant amount of information across market research is taken into consideration to ensure contract negotiations processed by the DOD are fair, useful, and cost-effective. Efforts are aligned with capability development and modernization goals, which are supported by government procurement.

The DOD acquires technologies, platforms, and systems that enhance military readiness and address emerging threats. With this in mind, government procurement focuses on activities that are closely tied to the defense budget and cost control efforts. Taxpayer funds must be used efficiently to maximize national security outcomes and supply DOD agencies appropriately. 

Decisions made by the DOD take into account the resilience of the defense industrial base. It seeks to maintain a robust and diversified supply chain, reduce dependence on single sources, and mitigate risks associated with disruptions, changing demands, geopolitical challenges, and emerging technologies.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

The DLA is responsible for providing centralized logistics support to the DOD. It procures, manages, and distributes a wide range of supplies including:

  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Clothing
  • Medical supplies
  • Spare parts

The DLA oversees and manages the defense supply chain, ensuring the timely delivery of critical materials and equipment to the U.S. military. When it comes to our national security the DLA’s role is to collaborate with industry experts like Greenwood Aerospace. The DLA maintains relationships with suppliers to ensure the availability and readiness of essential items. 

The organizations of the DLA are responsible for the distribution and transport of supplies within the DOD, operating a global network of distribution centers, warehouses, and transportation assets to move goods to military units worldwide. The DLA also provides critical inventory management to balance operational requirements with cost control. These sophisticated inventory management systems employ forecasting techniques to optimize stock levels, minimize excess inventory, and prevent shortages. 

While the DLA plays a vital role in supporting contingency operations and military deployments, there are other agencies and regulators who equally support government aviation and procurement in defending our national security.

Other Regulators of Government Procurement Services

The DOD and DLA both play important roles in government procurement. However, there are other administrations and regulators that play an equally important role in protecting our national security. Within our government agencies, there are regulatory bodies that focus on creating the best possible systems for procurement and contracting to ensure the military branches get exactly what they need. We’ll be focusing on the following regulations:

  1. Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council)
  2. Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS)
  3. General Services Administration (GSA)
  4. Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
  5. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council)

The FAR Council consists of representatives from various agencies and is responsible for maintaining and updating the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The FAR provides guidance and regulations for the acquisition process, ensuring consistency, transparency, and compliance across government procurement.

Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS)

DARS, a part of the DOD, establishes and maintains the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). DFARS provides additional regulations and guidance specific to DoD acquisitions, including requirements related to national security and defense-specific needs.

General Services Administration (GSA)

The GSA oversees federal procurement policies and manages various procurement programs. The GSA negotiates government-wide contracts with commercial vendors, making it easier for agencies to acquire goods and services. These programs support national security by facilitating efficient procurement processes.

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

The DCMA is responsible for ensuring contractor compliance with the terms and conditions of defense contracts. It performs contract administration functions, including monitoring contractor performance, conducting audits, and ensuring quality control. The DCMA's oversight helps protect national security interests by ensuring contractors deliver goods and services that meet the required standards

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA supports small businesses' participation in government procurement through various programs, such as the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program. At Greenwood Aerospace, our qualifications include HUBZone registration, giving us and our customers preferential access to government procurement contracts and opportunities. These initiatives promote small business operations, innovation, and economic growth, contributing to national security by fostering a diverse and resilient supplier base.

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Greenwood Aerospace’s Government Procurement Services

Greenwood Aerospace offers supply chain solutions that assist government procurement. Our team provides extensive industry knowledge to assist in all manner of contracting, logistics, and storage and distribution services. In this section, we’ll focus on:

  • Our procurement services
  • Supplier opportunities
  • Our expansive network

At Greenwood Aerospace we take great pride in assisting U.S. national security through our effective government aircraft procurement services. We are committed to quality as experts in aircraft part sales, aviation logistics, and more. 

Our Government Procurement Services

Our procurement services assist a wide range of federal agencies and private defense contractors in all manners of national security. From our GPIQ Part Procurement Intelligence to fixed-wing acquisition services, we focus on sourcing everything your aviation program needs. Our proprietary software allows us to source parts faster and with much higher accuracy, and act as a strategic partner in getting exactly what you need. 

We assist the government procurement service by sourcing critical aircraft parts and accessories with ease. Our procurement team leverages our purchasing history for the U.S. military, government agencies, aerospace programs, and private defense contractors to attain the right price for every part you need.

Become a Government Procurement Supplier

Become a supplier with Greenwood Aerospace and expand your operation. Work with an aerospace industry leader and gain access to thousands of OEM, proprietary, and aftermarket parts. We’ll connect you with our expansive network and help your business grow with our expertise to guide the way.

Our Expansive Network in Government Procurement

For over forty years, Greenwood Aerospace has been committed to helping government agencies, defense contractors, and private contractors keep complex aviation programs and facilities operational and safe. 

Our central location in Ponca City, Oklahoma, allows us to rapidly distribute parts to both sides of the country with ease. We manage our surplus inventory to ensure we are prepared and stocked for any parts needed for your program. We pride ourselves on having the capacity to source offsite parts fast thanks to our expansive network of suppliers. 

Work with Greenwood Aerospace For Your Government Procurement Service Needs

Contact us today to see how we can assist your aviation program. Reach out to us at or give us a call. For large sales inquiries, request a quote or reach out to us at We look forward to working with you on your government procurement service needs!

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