Import reliance said harming defense

May 09, 2013 | 12:39 PM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  Mo Brooks, Tim Ryan, Chris Murphy, industrial defense, raw materials, rare earths, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Several congressmen and a retired U.S. Army brigadier general are calling on the federal government to reduce its dependence on foreign-sourced raw materials used in defense equipment, arguing that defense-related metals should be produced in the United States for reasons of national security.

In a May 8 press conference on Capitol Hill, a panel of speakers that included Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), and retired Brig. Gen. John Adams released a report prepared by the Alliance for American Manufacturing that claims U.S. national security is threatened by a "dangerous reliance" on imported raw materials, parts and finished products used in defense equipment.

The U.S. military depends on foreign-sourced raw materials like rare earths, specialty metals and finished equipment for many of its security capabilities, with products like lithium-ion batteries, lanthanum and high-technology neodymium-iron-boron magnets increasingly produced overseas, particularly China, the report claims.....

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