Afghanistan Evacuation: The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) and the Defense Production Act (DPA) [August 25, 2021] [open pdf - 755KB]
From the Document: "Created in 1951, the Civil Reserve Air Fleet [hyperlink] (CRAF) operates under the Defense Production Act's (DPA) Title I allocations authority and is available to respond to national defense needs or other contingencies. CRAF is a cooperative emergency airlift program involving U.S. civil air carriers, DOD, and the Department of Transportation (DOT). On August 22, 2021 [hyperlink], Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III ordered the Department of Defense's (DOD) United States Transportation Command [hyperlink] (USTRANSCOM) to activate the CRAF."
CRS Insight, IN11731
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/