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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

Strategic metals firepower for Pentagon

Defense bill includes policies to bolster secure supply chains Metal Tech News – December 14, 2020


Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:58pm

US Pentagon Department of Defense critical minerals policy


A large quantity of various strategic metals, including roughly 920 lbs of rare earths, go into each F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 passed by Congress last week instructs the Pentagon to secure domestic and allied sources of strategic minerals and metals.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the striking vulnerabilities and gaps in our domestic supply chains, and the need to invest in critical mineral manufacturing and processing has taken on a new...

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