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Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS)

The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) assures the timely availability of industrial resources to meet national defense and plays a vital role in quickly resolving schedule and delivery constraints between nations. The system establishes procedures for placement or priority ratings on contracts, defines industry's responsibilities, and establishes compliance procedures.

DPAS Key Elements

  • Mandatory acceptance
  • Preferential scheduling
  • Extension of priority ratings
  • Protection against claims
  • Only enforceable inside the U.S.


  • Title I is administered by the Department of Commerce (DoC)
  • DoD is the primary user of DPAS, and is a standard clause in Department of Defense (DoD) contracts and purchase orders
  • Direct commercial sales to foreign persons not rated unless authorized by DoC

Juan Millan, Program Director