US Defense Logistics Agency outlines potential lithium and rare earth acquisitions

By Laura Syrett
Published: Monday, 13 October 2014

The US Department of Defense has identified and tracks a number of minerals it considers to be critical to US national security and its purchasing intentions are an indicator of demand and availability of certain materials.

The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has published its raw materials sales plan for the financial year (FY) 2015, indicating that it is considering purchasing half 150kg each of lithium-cobalt oxide and lithium-nickel-cobalt.

The DLA’s Annual Materials Plan, which was published on 2 October and is effective from 1 October...

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