Rare Earth Elements in National Defense
facilities in China, how may this move affect the domestic supply of rare earth minerals for the production of U.S. defense weapon systems?
Given that DOD’s assessment of future supply and demand was based on previous estimates using 2010 data, could there be new concern for a possible rare earth material supply shortage or vulnerability that could affect national security?
Are there substitutes for rare earth materials that are economic, efficient, and available?
Does dependence on foreign sources alone for rare earths pose a national security
Congress may encourage DOD to develop a collaborative, long-term strategy designed to identify any material weaknesses and vulnerabilities associated with rare earths and to protect long-term U.S. national security interests.