Contingency Contracting

Contingency contracting encompasses all contracting performed in a contingency environment, including military operations, stability operations, natural disasters, humanitarian, and other calamitous events.

The Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) is the advisor to Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) on all matters pertaining to contingency contracting policy. DPC enables effective and efficient contracting in support of deployed forces, contingencies, humanitarian or peacekeeping operations, and disaster relief through:

  • Functional Leadership
  • Policy
  • Solutions: Tools, Training, Communications


Mission Statement

To enable effective and efficient contracting in support of deployed forces, humanitarian operations and domestic disasters through innovative policy, guidance, and oversight.


The recognized authority and advocate for DoD Contingency Contracting.


We measure our value by:

Anticipating the future environment so that processes and policies are in place to provide optimal contracting support to changing warfighter needs.

Ensuring the continuity of contracted support to the warfighter upon deployment and throughout a contingency operation or emergency response.

Providing the tools and training that facilitate creativity and improvisation to meet warfighter needs in a contingency environment.

Achieving unity of effort in contingency, humanitarian operations and domestic disasters through the seamless integration of contracted assets with deployed forces.

Breaking down barriers to effective and efficient contracting support of deployed forces and humanitarian operations while maintaining our responsiveness to multiple stakeholders.


We are responsible for:

  • Being advocates for CCOs
  • Ensuring CCOs are trained
  • Ensuring CCOs have the tools they need
  • Shaping the CCO workforce to meet future requirements
  • Facilitating communications with and among CCOs
  • The development of effective contracting policy for contingency operations
  • Preparing Department leadership for Congressional hearings and testimony on contingency contracting
  • Reviewing proposed and draft legislation affecting contingency contracting
  • Facilitating and coordinating responses to oversight activities

Origins of OUSD(A&S) DPC Contingency Contracting

In August 2002, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) merged the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) directorate. DPAP's Contingency Contracting Policy was formed in 2006. In 2018, DPAP became DPC, but the mission of the Contingency Contracting Policy remains the same.


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