Volume 89 Issue 49 | pp. 33-34
Issue Date: December 5, 2011

Rare Earths For National Security

Fears mount over future supply of critical materials needed for U.S. weapons systems
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: rare earths, minerals, national security, mining, trade

The national attention on the U.S. shortage of many critical materials, especially the rare-earth elements, has focused primarily on their use in electronics and clean energy technology. But these materials are also important to national security, playing key roles in many Department of Defense systems.

How the critical materials’ pinch may affect defense systems is gaining the attention of policymakers and the public. It was the topic of a conference held in Washington, D.C., last . . .

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