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DOD Announces $36.9 Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions

July 17, 2020

Today, the Department announces two Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III actions to help sustain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base capabilities and defense-critical workforce in the aviation and shipbuilding industries. These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19 and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic. The Department remains closely partnered with FEMA and HHS, providing almost $2.9 billion in life-saving medical services, supplies and equipment to service members and federal agencies in the nation's whole-of-government approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

DOD Announces $14.9 million DPA Title III Agreement with Amfuel to Strengthen Domestic Aviation Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, DOD entered into a $14.9 million agreement with Amfuel to relieve manufacturing bottlenecks and expand production of military grade fuel bladders and auxiliary systems for virtually all U.S. military aircraft. The increased production will ensure the U.S. government receives dedicated long-term domestic industrial capacity to meet the needs of the nation.  

Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will offset direct workforce and financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure critical capabilities are retained in support of the U.S. aviation defense industrial base.

Amfuel’s headquarters in Magnolia, Arkansas is the principal place of performance.

DOD Announces $22 million DPA Title III Agreement with Rolls-Royce to Strengthen Domestic Shipbuilding Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, DOD entered into a $22 million agreement with Rolls-Royce to maintain, protect, and expand critical domestic productive capacity for propellers essential to U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs. These projects will begin in July 2020 and help meet increasing demand across the vitally important shipbuilding sector of the defense industrial base.

Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will protect and create jobs in the Gulf Coast region hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure critical capabilities are retained in support of U.S. Navy operational readiness.

Rolls-Royce intends to expand its existing facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi to install a number of state-of-the-art machine tools to support production of propellers for all shipbuilding programs, reduce production risks and increase throughput. These investments will have long-term benefits for the U.S. Navy and the Gulf Coast region. 

Over the next 36 months, the $22 million government investment will sustain and expand critical domestic industrial base capability for propeller machining capacity. The Rolls-Royce Foundry will continue to be one of only two facilities capable of supplying the U.S. Navy with this capacity.

The Rolls-Royce Foundry located in Pascagoula, Mississippi is the principal place of performance.

Website resources: 
DOD Coronavirus update  

DOD Industrial Policy

Joint Acquisition Task Force
 
Defense Production Act Title III