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  • Experts: DoD’s dismissal of rare earths crisis “naïve” and “ill-informed”

    According to a newspaper reports of a (long-overdue) seven-page DoD report titled “Rare Earth Materials in Defense Applications,” sent to Congress last month and which has not yet been made public, “domestic rare earth supplies will meet the U.S. defense industry’s needs by 2013 for the materials that go into military motors and electronics” – a somewhat baffling assessment considering the utility of the minerals and the current rare earths supply shortage.

    The response by several industry experts, as cited by the Pittsburgh Tribune, is therefore less surprising. According to the Tribune, Ed Richardson, President of the U.S. Magnetic Materials Association, considers the Pentagon’s view to be “rather naïve” and “ill-informed. ” Meanwhile Jack Lifton, co-founder of Technology Metals Research, called the report: “so lame I can’t believe it,” adding that “the only way we can get that material right now is from a foreign company in China.”

    Industry experts, including American Resources’ latest addition to our expert panel Jeffery Green, President and Founder of J.A. Green & Company, and Founder of the Strategic Materials Advisory Council point to particularly severe challenges associated with heavy rare earths, including dysprosium, as almost all new rare earths mining operations outside of China are focused on light rare earths.

    While striking a more subtle tone than industry experts, we think Congressman Mike Coffman (R, Colo.) hits the nail on the head with his response to the Pentagon’s report:

    China still controls the production of rare earth materials. Our long
term economic security absolutely depends on being able to establish a
domestic supply chain, but despite recent efforts, the U.S. has been 
unable to. I think the Department of Defense would be wiser to begin 
addressing this problem, instead of claiming everything is under 
control.

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  • Industry analysts criticize DoD rare earths report

    Industry experts have blasted the Pentagon’s latest (unpublished) report which claims that domestic sources will allow the U.S. military to meet its demand for rare earths by next year. “The only way we can get that material right now is from a foreign company in China,” said Jack Lifton, co-founder of Technology Metals Research.

    American reliance on foreign nations leaves us vulnerable to supply disruptions and places our national security at risk. When our military needs rare earths, it’s imperative that we have a domestic supply on hand.

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  • Marcus Evans Military Energy Alternatives Conference

    American Resources leader Dan McGroarty will be attending the 7th Annual Military Energy Alernatives Conference in Tysons Corner, VA on March 6-8. The conference will discuss how the Department of Defense is implementing renewable technology to achieve energy efficiency and security at the operational level, as well as how renewable energy can be applied more [...]
  • Waiting for DoD: What does the Pentagon think of our rare earths vulnerability?

    Inquiring Congressional minds want to know — or at least the Congressional mind belonging to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), co-chair (with Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman) of the newly-formed Rare Earths Caucus. During Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s House Armed testimony this week, Cong. Johnson seized the opportunity to ask where things stood with the Pentagon’s report [...]
  • Seal Team Six has Rare Earths to thank for killer apps

    In Rare Earth Woes Could Mean Trouble for U.S. Stealth Fleet, Christine Parthemore takes a look behind the headlines at the materials that give the U.S. Military its high-tech edge: “Ever since Osama bin Laden’s demise, aviation sleuths have been trying to figure out what was the mystery copter that Delivered Seal Team Six.  I’ve [...]

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