Executive Order 13603

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The National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order (Executive Order 13603) is an order of the United States' President signed by President Barack Obama on March 16, 2012.[1] The purpose of this executive order is to delegate authority and address national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950.[2] Executive Order 13603 provides the framework and authority for the allocation or appropriation of resources, materials and services to promote national defense.[3]

Contrary to a few initial claims otherwise, the Order appears to update long-existing directives that have been issued as far back as the Truman Administration and makes no claim to allowing the federal government to confiscate private property.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Executive Order 13603 of March 16, 2012 -- National Defense Resources Preparedness". GPO. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Executive Order 13603 -- National Defense Resources Preparedness". The White House. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Executive Order 13603, Sec. 201. "Priorities and Allocations Authorities"
  4. ^ Morrissey, Ed (18 March 2012). "“National Defense Resources Preparedness” executive order: Power grab or mere update?". HotAir.com. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ National Defense Resource Preparedness, Snopes.com