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Component Acquisition Executive (J4)

The Component Acquisition Executive (J4) includes:

  • Acquisition Process Support
  • Strategic Acquisition Program Management
  • Acquisition Policy and Control
  • Head Contracting Activity/Contracting Operations

What We Do

The Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) provides oversight and approval of all acquisition matters for the Defense Health Agency, including those performed under purview of the Agency's Program Executive Officers and those undertaken within the Agency's directorates and offices, except for acquisition matters explicitly reserved for oversight and approval by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics).  

Acquisition functions falling under the CAE’s purview include product conceptualization, program initiation, design, development, test, production, deployment, logistical support, modification, and product disposal. The CAE oversees these functions as they are applied to the acquisition of supplies, equipment, services, information technology (IT) systems, and infrastructure to satisfy the DHA’s mission to provide a medically ready force and a ready medical force. In addition, the CAE is responsible for creating a professional, agile and motivated DHA defense acquisition workforce that consistently makes smart business decisions, acts in an ethical manner, and delivers timely and affordable capabilities.


Provide Acquisition leadership in support of the Department of Defense medical mission by:

  • Applying acquisition policy guidance, processes, life cycle oversight and management
  • Providing a qualified workforce to acquire products and services that contribute to a medically ready force and a ready medical force
  • Delivering timely, measurable improvements to medical capabilities at an affordable cost


The DHA culture embraces and applies the full range of Acquisition disciplines, resulting in efficient delivery of effective medical products and services.

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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