In a recent piece for RealClearDefense Jeffery A. Green, president and founder of J.A. Green & Company, and member of the ARPN panel of experts, outlines a set of four main lines of efforts policy makers should focus on as they develop policy recommendations based on a recent executive order and House task force set up to study critical supply chains and national security.
Building upon last year’s bipartisan work in the defense bills, Green believes policy makers should:
- Ensure that DoD purchases from domestic producers. Doing so, “could provide a stable ‘safe harbor’ that is insulated from Chinese manipulation and reduce the risk for nascent U.S. producers,” and thus encourage domestic production.
- Reduce excessive red tape and barriers of entry to “ease the financial burdens on potential domestic producers and provide a more supportive environment in which they could achieve success.”
- “Continue to invoke the Defense Production Act to support domestic REE producers who find innovative solutions for America’s supply chain issue.”
- “View trusted foreign allies as part of the process to achieve true supply chain security.”
Click here to read Green’s full piece.
Against the backdrop of significantly increasing critical mineral resource needs, any efforts to secure REE supply chains should be embedded into a broader all of the above approach to mineral resource policy, as outlined by ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty during a recent virtual congressional policy forum.
For more on the forum, and a link to re-watch, click here.