June 12, 2019 —
On June 10, 2019, the President issued a Presidential Determination (PD) authorizing the utilization of Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authorities to strengthen the domestic industrial base for the production of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and their components.
sUAS, commonly referred to as drones, have been deemed essential to national defense due to their applications on the battlefield as well as their contributions to humanitarian aid, disaster relief, security, and facilities and public works maintenance and inspections. This Determination enables the President to provide economic incentives to the domestic industrial base to ensure access to domestically-produced commercial off-the-shelf solutions, which is key to enabling secure, capable, and affordable sUAS for today's warfighters.
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.