As the defense procurement agency, the Delegation de L 'Armament (DGA) deigns defense systems and assigns their production in close cooperation with the forces and with the industry. DGA helps building a consistent and efficient defense tool by providing all range of equipment to the armed forces. DGA's mission includes the following: preparing future Defense Systems, conducting armament programs, providing scientific and technical expertise, testing and evaluating Defense equipment and systems, ensuring industrial maintenance and modernization of aeronautical equipment, supervising international relations in the area of armament. Reporting directly to the French Minister of Defense, DGA plays a significant role as an architect of the Defense system and handles some one hundred armament programmes simultaneously. It manages around 70% of the overall equipment budget of the MoD. In 2001, DGA submitted orders to the industry worth W.2 billions in invoices. DGA currently employs 18000 staff through 30 facilities in France, among them 20 test and evaluation centers. DGA plays a major role in building in a coherent armament policy in Europe. It develops armament relationships with allied countries and support export initiatives within the armament industry, favoring industrial cooperation with local partners.