Securing the Defense Supply Chain
Expanding our access to critical minerals and the resources necessary to process them
What makes a mineral “critical”?
The US is dependent for nearly 90% of rare earth elements (REEs), which are needed for everything from electric vehicles (EVs), to storage batteries for the national energy grid, fighter jets and all major weapons platforms – putting the future of our economy, clean energy, and national defense at stake.
Aluminum goes into 80% of all aircraft, including F-16s, and is heavily used in energy platforms such as solar panels and wind turbines
Beryllium is crucial in helicopters’ optical systems as well as in concentrator photovoltaic cells that generate electricity from solar power
Molybdenum is– essential in the production of aircraft engines, rockets, and missiles, as well as renewable energy generation including wind, solar, nuclear, and hydro
Copper, while not on the official Critical Mineral list, holds the key to many essential minerals and is an essential element for the nation’s security and clean energy efforts; for example, a single electric vehicle requires 117+ pounds of copper and there are 8 miles of copper wire in a single Boeing Apache Helicopter