US Department of Defense urges assessment of rare earths supply risk

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Friday, 11 July 2014

The recent urgency from the agency in assessing the supply risks of rare earths for the US military industry, shows the strategic importance of these minerals and the will of the US to develop a strategy limiting its reliance on China.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has urged the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to conduct an in-depth assessment of the rare earths market, supply chain and possible risks of shortages for the US military industry. The DoD said that officials from the strategic materials division at DLA did not ensure...

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