The Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III program is dedicated to ensuring the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements. The program works in partnership with the Uniformed services, other government agencies, and industry to identify areas where critical industrial capacity is lagging or non-existent. Once an area is identified, the program engages with domestic companies to mitigate these risks using grants, purchase commitments, loans, or loan guarantees. By executing its mission, the DPA Title III program reduces the nation’s reliance on foreign supply chains and ensures the integrity of materials supplied to the American Warfighter.
The DPA Title III program, governed by 50 USC 4531-4534, is one of the key investment tools of the Industrial Policy office. If you’re interested in learning more or exploring opportunities to work with us, Contact Us Here.
|Investment Areas||FY20 / FY21 Obligations|
|Castings and Forgings||$16 Million|
|Critical Chemicals and Munitions||$7 Million|
|Energy Storage and Generation||$12 Million|
|Fibers and Materials||$17 Million|
|Radiation Hardened Electronics||$37 Million|
|Rare Earth Elements||$23 Million|
|Soldier Armor and Protection||$27 Million|
|Space Industrial Base Supply Chain||$57 Million|
|Small Unmanned Aerial Systems||$14 Million|
In July 2019, the Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, working with the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL/RX, issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit proposals for production technology projects. The FOA is in effect until July 12, 2024, and is divided into two paths to allow for maximum flexibility and increased industry engagement.
The first path is the Open FOA, which allows white papers to be submitted by industry at any time. Submitted white papers are on a topic of industry’s choosing, however they must align within one of DPA Title III’s focus areas: sustainment of critical production, commercialization of research and development investments, and scaling of emerging technologies. The second path is the FOA with Calls, in which Calls for proposals may be issued by the government to industry. These Calls represent vetted and validated government requirements that similarly align with one of the three focus areas. By adopting a two-path model, the DPA Title III Program is able to pursue ideas from both government and industry and address specific topics for proposals.
For more information on the FOA, please visit here.
10 AUG 2022
The Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Support (IBS) office, through the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authority, is supporting a Louisiana facility that produces black powder, a widely used propellant in artillery, firearms, rocketry, pyrotechnics, and numerous weapons systems.
08 JULY 2022
The intent of this RFI is to gather information on the domestic production capability and capacity of the supplier-base for air-breathing engines for hypersonic weapon systems. Air-breathing engines allow weapons to achieve longer ranges and increased payloads to the target.
26 JUNE 2022
The Emergency Supplemental Funding for Ukraine includes $600M for the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III fund for Missiles & Munitions Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Areas of Interest and the Strategic & Critical Materials DIB Areas of Interest.
18 JAN 2022
On January 18, 2022, the Defense Production Act Title III Executive Agent Program Office issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Military Grade Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene Production Capability for DoD Munitions. The purpose of the RFI is to conduct market research and give industry an opportunity to provide input on how they can address identified shortfalls. The RFI will close on February 18, 2022. Industry may access the RFI here.
13 JAN 2022
On January 13, 2022, the Defense Production Act Title III Program, the Critical Energetic Material Working Group (CEMWG), and the National Armament Consortium (NAC) are partnering to host the first of a series of Critical Chemicals Collaborations Colloqquium (C4) Industry Days. The purpose of the C4 Industry Days is to increase collaboration between the Department of Defense and suppliers of the critical chemicals industrial base. The focus of the first C4 Industry Day will be on Military Grade Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB). The event will be hosted virtually. Interested parties may register here. Please note that registration is limited and a DD235 is required to attend.
21 DEC 2021
On December 21, 2021, the President signed three determinations permitting the use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to strengthen the U.S. submarine industrial base. The expansion of the authority will allow the U.S. Navy to maintain its maritime superiority.
Scaling the production of Virginia Class Attack Submarines will ensure the U.S. Navy can meet its missions to maintain open sea lanes for global communication and commerce, enhance diplomatic partnerships, and grow a robust underwater warfare capability. Through the DPA the U.S. Navy can make key investments with the manufacturers and suppliers executing the submarine shipbuilding plan.
These activities will strengthen the shipbuilding industrial base and allow its heavy manufacturing and large scale fabrication suppliers to meet growing demand and expand the maritime workforce training pipeline.
The Department continues to work with key stakeholders to use the DPA authorities to address risks and challenges across the Submarine Enterprise supply chain. These authorities expand options and opportunities to accelerate and scale critical investments across key markets. More information about the DPA is available here, and the PDs may be accessed here.
21 DEC 2021
On December 21, 2021, the President issued an authorization to utilize Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III to strengthen and expand the domestic industrial base for radiation-hardened and strategic radiation-hardened microelectronics.
The DoD and many commercial industries require trusted and reliable radiation-hardened and strategic radiation-hardened microelectronic components to support strategic and space missions. These components ensure the functionality of these systems in high radiation environments such as ambient space and in proximity to nuclear detonations. They need to withstand short bursts of intense radiation, high temperatures, and, in some cases, extreme shock and vibration in order to meet mission requirements. The DoD anticipates an increasing demand for radiation-hardened and strategic radiation-hardened microelectronic components to support programs such as satellites and nuclear modernization efforts. Maintaining and expanding domestic capabilities for the production of radiation-hardened and strategic radiation-hardened microelectronics components is of vital national importance.
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 the PDs may be accessed here.