November 1, 2016, –
Just a short distance from where the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III office conducts its daily business at the Pentagon, stands Arlington National Cemetery – the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at this cemetery entombs the remains of unknown service members who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
In 1950, during the outbreak of the Korean War, the DPA became law as part of a broad civil defense mobilization and ever since has been critical in supporting the national defense. Title III, more specifically, is focused on developing and modernizing productive capacities of domestic sources for critical components, critical technology items, and industrial resources essential for the execution of the national security strategy of the United States.
The DPA Title III team came together on a beautiful fall afternoon to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of the American service member. This act of remembrance helped put the work of the DPA Title III office, and the Department of Defense at-large, into perspective.