The Defense Production Act of 1950: Vital Defense and Emergency Acquisition Authority for 2002
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The September 11th attacks should inspire the government acquisition community to carefully study the Defense Production Act of 19502 to ensure that its powerful authorities over the civilian economy are judiciously and deliberately used and only very carefully revised. Generally, the DPA affords to the President an array of authorities to shape defense preparedness programs and to take appropriate steps to maintain and enhance the defense industrial and technological base. More specifically, the DPA provides two distinct types of powers One is the future oriented authority to expand and protect the United States industrial base under titles III and VII. The other is the title I authority to conscript industrys to ensure the timely availability of products, materials, services, and facilities for defense preparedness and national emergency requirements.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Defense Systems