Defense Construction Enterprise was established in 2010 by Ethiopian ministry of council regulation NO 185/2010 as public enterprise and national defense as supervising authority of the enterprise. The authorized capital of the Enterprise is Birr 800,000,000.00 /Eight hundred million Birr /of which birr 276,438,724.00/ Two hundred seventy six million four hundred thirty eight thousand seven hundred twenty four Birr is paid up in cash and in kind.

Prior to its establishment as an Enterprise, it was structured as an Engineering Department under the Ministry of National Defense responsible for the construction of Army Hospitals, Depot, Camps, access roads and other infrastructure activities owned by the Ministry of National Defense.  

Henceforth it establishment, the enterprise has mainly been undertaking various infrastructural projects to satisfy of national defense infrastructural needs. In parallel, it has also been engaged in the construction of mega road, dams, irrigation infrastructures and buildings projects that have been undertaking in different part of the country.