Distinguished US Advisory Counsel Chair Calls For Revitalization Of Defense Industrial Base With Mine Permitting Reform

Watching the annual defense policy bills take shape this year, many of us from the national security community are delighted to see that Congress is finally acting to reverse years of inattention and wrong thinking regarding our nation’s vital defense industrial base.

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Where Will The US Defense Logistics Agency Purchase The 10 tons of Yttrium It Needs In 2018?

The United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is aiming to buy 10 tonnes of yttrium oxide this year. Yttrium is one of the rare earth metals that have become increasingly critical to a wide spectrum of modern-day products. It is also about to become more expensive if the United States makes good on its threat to impose more tariffs on China because, to quote the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), “nearly all imports of yttrium metal and compounds are derived from mineral concentrates produced in China.”

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House of Representatives Passes Bill With Rare Earth Element Riders: Coal Based Rare Earths Are A Big Winner

This bill provides $20 million to fund programs that develop technologies to extract rare earth elements. The extraction of rare earth elements holds great promise for the economy in our part of the world, potentially offering a second act for coal.

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