DOD announces $133M Defense Production Act contract for N-95 masks

By Tony Bertuca / April 11, 2020 at 3:25 PM

The Pentagon will soon be awarding $133 million to U.S. companies to produce 39 million N95 masks over the next 90 days as part of its first Defense Production Act Title III action to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"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,” DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said. “The increased production will ensure the U.S. government gets dedicated long term industrial capacity to meet the needs of the nation.”

Andrews said DOD will release additional information, including the names of the companies who will produce the masks, in the coming week.