The Defense Production Act: Elements and Considerations

Matthew R. Lehner (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: POL012000



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The Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), provides the President a broad set of authorities to ensure that domestic industry can meet national defense requirements. In the DPA, Congress has found that “the security of the United States is dependent on the ability of the domestic industrial base to supply materials and services for the national defense and to prepare for and respond to military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States.”

Through the DPA, the President can, among other activities, prioritize contracts for goods and services, and offer incentives within the domestic market to enhance the production and supply of critical materials and technologies when necessary for national defense. Since 1950, the DPA has been reauthorized over 50 times by Congress, most recently in 2009. The majority of DPA authorities will expire on September 30, 2014, unless reauthorized. This book examines some of the extensive history of the DPA, focusing primarily on its creation and most recent legislative reauthorization. (Imprint: Novinka )


The Defense Production Act of 1950: History, Authorities, and Reauthorization
(Jared T. Brown, Daniel H. Else, CRS)

The Defense Production Act Committee Report to Congress
(Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Executive Order 13603, National Defense Resources Preparedness
(Barack Obama)


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