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Rare Earth Elements in National Defense

(b) Uses of National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund - Section 98h(b)(2) of Title 50, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by redesignating subparagraphs (D) through (L) as subparagraphs (E) through (M), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraph (D): “(D) Encouraging the conservation of strategic and critical materials.”

(c) Development of Domestic Sources - Section 98h-6(a) of Title 50, United States Code, is amended, in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting ‘and conservation’ after ‘development’.

Section 1412. Authority to Acquire Additional Materials for the National Defense Stockpile

Section 1412 would provide authority to acquire certain additional strategic and critical materials for the National Defense Stockpile. The materials anticipated to be acquired have been identified to meet the military, industrial, and essential civilian needs of the United States.

(a) Acquisition Authority - Using funds available in the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund, the National Defense Stockpile Manager may acquire the following materials determined to be strategic and critical materials required to meet the defense, industrial, and essential civilian needs of the United States:

  • (1)


  • (2)

    Dysprosium Metal.

  • (3)

    Yttrium Oxide.

  • (4)

    Cadmium Zinc Tellurium Substrate Materials.

  • (5)

    Lithium Ion Precursors.

  • (6)

    Triamino-Trinitrobenzene and Insensitive High Explosive Molding Powders.

    • (b)

      Amount of Authority - the National Defense Stockpile Manager may use up to $41,000,000 of

the National Stockpile Transaction Fund for acquisition of the materials specified in subsection (a).

(c) Fiscal Year Limitation - The authority under this section is available for purchases during Fiscal Year 2014 through Fiscal Year 2019.

Directive Report Language

In H.R. 1960, under Title XVI, Industrial Base Matters, there are two reporting requirements required by the House Armed Services Committee that address congressional concerns over maintaining a secure access and a diverse supply chain for rare earth elements to be used for national security purposes and in defense weapon systems.

Congressional Research Service


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