The Pentagon is executing its first project under the authorities granted by the Defense Production Act (DPA) in order to produce more than 39 million N95 masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“On the evening of April 10, the Department of Defense received approval from the White House Task Force to execute the first DPA Title 3 project responding to Covid-19,” Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said in a statement. “The $133 million project will use these authorities to increase domestic production capacity of N95 masks to over 39 million in the next 90 days."
The names of the companies involved were not immediately announced.
Some context: N95 masks have been seen as a critical resource and the Defense Department has already pledged 10 million such masks from its own stockpiles to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Last week, President Trump separately authorized the Defense Production Act to be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to obtain N95 masks from 3M.