In a military context, materiel relates to the specific needs of a force to complete a specific mission. The term is also often used in a general sense ("men and materiel") to describe the needs of a functioning army.
Materiel in the commercial distribution context comprises the items being moved by the services of or as the products of the business, as distinct from those involved in operating the business itself.
MATERIEL ACQUISITION AND SUPPORT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE/ ACQUISITION DU MATÉRIEL ET SOUTIEN AU MINISTÈRE DE LA DÉFENSE NATIONALE
Mar 01, 2006; The Department of National Defence must make the decisions required to ensure that the Canadian Forces can continue to field a...