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Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III




The Defense Production Act Title III program is one of three active authorities in the Defense Production Act, which was first signed into law in 1950 and was last renewed in 2018. The Title III program provides the President broad authority to ensure the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements through the use of highly tailored economic incentives. Specifically, the program is designed to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities.


The Defense Production Act Title III Office reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. The Defense Production Act Title III Office provides direction, guidance, and oversight to the Defense Production Act Title III program within the Department of Defense. The program is executed through the careful selection and implementation of projects designed to mitigate critical shortfalls in domestic defense industries.


Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

On July 12, 2019, the Defense Production Act Title III program, working with the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL/RX, issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to solicit production technology project proposals. The Funding Opportunity Announcement is divided into two parts: the Open Funding Opportunity Announcement and the Funding Opportunity Announcement with Calls, and allows for white papers from industry and requests for project-related proposals, respectively. The Funding Opportunity Announcement is in effect until July 12, 2024.

For detailed information about the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit Solicitation #FA8650-19-S-5010.

The previous Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) (Solicitation #W15QKN-18-R-01HZ) will be closed.

Funding Opportunity Announcement
12 JUL 2019
An Air Force airman removes a piece of metal at the metals technology shop.



Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determinations to Strengthen the Domestic Industrial Base and Supply Chain for Rare Earth Elements
An F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, drops a 2,000-pound GBU-31 bomb over the Utah Test and Training Range, Aug. 10. The F-35 flew Combat Hammer, an evaluation exercise which tests and validates the performance of crews, pilots, and their technology while deploying precision-guided munitions. (Photo courtesy Scott Wolff)

On July 22, 2019, the President issued five Presidential Determinations authorizing the use of Defense Production Act Title III authorities to strengthen the domestic industrial base and supply chain for rare earth elements.

Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determination for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew G. Mena, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, New York Army National Guard, performs a systems check on an RQ-11 Raven B, a small unmanned aerial system, during the field training portion of the 1st Battalion, 254th Regional Training Institute (Combat Arms), New Jersey Army National Guard's unmanned aerial system Raven operator’s course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., May 15, 2019. The 254th, which is based out of Sea Girt, N.J., trained 11 Army National Guard Soldiers from Arkansas, Florida, New York, and Texas May 5-17. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)

On June 10, 2019, the President issued a Presidential Determination authorizing the utilization of Defense Production Act Title III authorities to strengthen the domestic industrial base for the production of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and their components.

Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determination for Sonobuoys
An MH-60 Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 deploys a sonobuoy, a tactical sonar system used for tracking submarine activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)
On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed a Presidential Determination to sustain and expand the domestic production of AN/SSQ series sonobuoys.

Defense Production Act Title III Presidential Determinations for Critical Chemicals for DoD Missiles and Munitions
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Pritt, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew chief, oversees the lifting of a training GBU-10 J/B bomb at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 19, 2019. The weapons load crew members load a computer control group onto the armament after attaching it to a F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Sommer Giron)

On January 16, 2019, President Trump signed four Presidential Determinations pertaining to the production of critical chemicals used to manufacture DoD missiles and munitions —a sector deemed essential for national defense and highlighted in the Executive Order 13806 report.