Defense Production Act Title III



The Defense Production Act Title III office is committed to ensuring resilient, robust domestic supply chains in order to reduce reliance on foreign manufacturing and correct domestic shortfalls in the defense industrial base.


To protect and maintain the resiliency and long term sustainability of domestic supply chains and to enhance national security and preserve the supremacy of the American Warfighter.

What We Do

The DPA Title III office works in partnership with the Uniformed services, other government agencies, and industry to identify areas where critical industrial capacity is insufficient to meet U.S. defense and commercial needs. The office partners with U.S. private industry to mitigate gaps in the domestic supply chain through the use of grants, purchase commitments, loans, or loan guarantees.

Who We Are

The DPA Title III office is comprised of subject matter experts across a wide variety of investment areas, acquisition professionals, skilled program managers, and data analytics and audit professionals.


    • 09 DEC 2022
    • On December 9, 2022, the Defense Production Act Title III Executive Agent Program Office issued a Call for Proposals (Call) on critical chemicals production. The Call requests industry submissions on establishing domestic suppliers of critical chemicals that are essential for national defense. DPA Title III funds will be leveraged to mitigate defense industrial base (DIB) reliance on foreign sources. Companies are requested to provide an intent to propose by 12:00 pm on January 23, 2023, and proposals are due no later than 12:00 pm on March 9, 2023. Additional information on the Call, including submission requirements, may be found 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Focus Areas

The Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III program is one of two investment programs in Industrial Policy.

The DPA Title III program targets investments that create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities that are critical to the Department and the American Warfighter. The DPA Title III has three broad focus areas (listed below).

Sustain Critical Production

Programs addressing Industrial Base capability and capacity, whose primary focus is generating and sustaining Material Availability, Reliability, Maintainability, Mobility, Commonality, or Affordability.

Commercialize Research & Development Investments

Advanced Component or System Development and Demonstration capabilities may require investments to retain a qualitative edge in capabilities and establish commercial viability or scale up. Typical programs may begin with a technology proven capable of producing prototype components or systems in a production relevant environment.

Scale Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technology Investments enable the rapid and affordable introduction of new capabilities into the organic or commercial marketplace. The technologies may be developed to respond to an emerging threat, a capability gap, or may enhance interoperability or service of existing systems or platforms. The interest in these projects may be the result of revolutionary RD&D capabilities.