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DOD announces $2.9 million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions

Sept. 11, 2020

Statement attributed to Ms. Jessica Maxwell, Department of Defense spokesperson:

Today the Department is announcing two Defense Production Act Title III actions to sustain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base capabilities and defense-critical small businesses.  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 pandemic.

DOD announces $1.9 million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with Control Vision, Inc to Strengthen Domestic Microelectronics Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense has signed a $1.9 million agreement with Control Vision, Inc. to sustain and advance domestic capabilities for aerospace grade optical sensors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will maintain and protect aerospace grade advanced optical sensor domestic industrial base capabilities essential for national defense. This project will fund Control Vision, Inc., a Arizona-based small business, to develop and mature an optical payload and produce a unit for a future flight test. This investment will improve future data gathering opportunities on flight tests by enabling improved sensors and software for future missions and ensure the U.S. Government continues to have access to this critical domestic capability. Additionally, this project will enable Control Vision, Inc. to retain high skill staff positions put at risk during the pandemic that would be difficult to fill if lost.

Control Vision, Inc.’s headquarters and manufacturing is in Tucson, AZ, which is the principal place of performance for this project.

DOD announces $1 million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with Radio Design Group to Strengthen Domestic Shipbuilding Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense entered into a $1 million agreement with Radio Design Group to sustain critical domestic industrial base capability and capacity for U.S. Navy communication equipment and manufacturing.

Radio Design Group provides the U.S. Navy with cutting edge communications equipment that is vital for maritime missions.  Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will allow Radio Design Group to continue production of critical communications equipment and invest in future communications capabilities to drive future cost savings for the U.S. Government while ensuring the U.S. Navy continues to have access to this vital domestic capability.   Additionally, this investment will enable Radio Design Group to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19 and to restore some jobs lost due to the pandemic.

This investment will ensure the U.S. Government retains production and supply chain continuity of a vital, domestic small-business supplier of communication equipment to meet the needs of the nation while maintaining and protecting a skilled workforce during the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Radio Design Group headquarters in Grants Pass, Oregon will be the principal place of performance.

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