Accession Number:

ADA501341

Title:

Defense Production Act: Purpose and Scope

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-14

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The Defense Production Act DPA was created at the outset of the Korean War to ensure the availability of the nations industrial resources to meet the national security needs of the United States by granting the President powers to ensure the supply and timely delivery of products, materials, and services to military and civilian agencies. The DPA codifies a robust legal authority given the President to force industry to give priority to national security production and is the statutory underpinning of governmental review of foreign investment in U.S. companies. DPA authorities are not permanent. Rather, they are time-limited, undergoing periodic amendment and reauthorization. Of the seven titles contained within the original Act, four have been repealed. In 2008, Congress reauthorized the remaining titles of the DPA through September 30, 2009.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE