March 12, 2019 —
On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed a Presidential Determination (PD) that gives the Department the authority to sustain and expand the domestic production of AN/SSQ series sonobuoys under the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III.
AN/SSQ series sonobuoys are the principal sensors used by U.S. Navy air Anti-Submarine Warfare forces in carrying out their primary mission functions of detection, classification, and localization of adversary submarines during peacetime and combat operations.
In anticipation of the PD, the DPA Title III Executive Agent Program Office issued a request for information (Solicitation # FA8650-19-S-5014
) on February 27, 2019 to conduct further market research and give industry an opportunity to provide input on how it can address this critical capability.
The Department is working with key stakeholders to address this industrial base shortfall as quickly as possible. More information about the DPA Title III program is available here
, and a link to the PD is found here