A strong steel industry is essential to America's national defense: AISI
Jan 01, 2010 | 04:05 AM
| Thomas J. Gibson
The official commissioning of a new U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New York raised steel to national visibility in November as Americans were reminded that 7.5 tons of steel cast into the bow of the ship was made from steel recovered from the ruins of the Twin Towers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The emotional symbol of American strength is also a memorial to the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who lost their lives that day. Likewise, every day members of the U.S. armed forces—the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard—risk their lives in order to preserve America's freedom and national security. Thanks to our brave veterans, we as a nation are able to safely enjoy that which our country was founded on: freedom and democracy.
Virtually every segment of the domestic steel industry contributes in some way to the defense sector, just as every piece of national defense infrastructure involves steel. This two-way relationship includes hot-rolled carbon bar in shell casings, steel wire in tow missiles and high-strength alloy steel in aircraft engine mounts and gear assemblies—not to mention all the steel needed for railroad tracks, rail cars and other modes of transporting these objects from factory to the field of use. Aircraft carriers each contain approximately 50,000 tons of steel plate, while every Abrams tank consumes about 22 tons of steel plate. ....
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