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As Concern Over Critical Minerals Grows, U.S. Must Step Up

In June, the U.S. quietly signed an agreement with the Arctic country to survey its land to help spur mineral exploration. Greenland is believed to house a significant resource of rare earths, a group of elements necessary for critical defense and commercial technology. These efforts follow a growing interest, within U.S. policy circles, in rare earth dependency. However, if policymakers want to get serious about securing U.S. access to rare earths, any real solution must include investing in our domestic production capabilities. 

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Jeff Green
To combat China’s hold on rare earth minerals, Pentagon looks to Australia

Investing in some way to help build that capability would be a smart move for the department, said Jeff Green, president of J.A. Green & Company, a specialty government relations firm.

“You’re never going to beat the Chinese on a huge scale. The department’s strategy is focused on: ‘I don’t need to worry about the automotive industry, I just need to make sure my defense supply chain is secure.’ And for a relatively small investment, they can get that capacity up and running,” Green said.

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J.A. Green & Company comments on presidential determinations related to rare earth production

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2019) – J.A. Green & Company (“Green & Co.”) applauds the release of five new presidential determinations that certain domestic rare earth manufacturing processes are critical to the national defense. The five determinations are part of a continuing effort by the U.S. government to secure U.S. military supply chains and reduce dependence on non-allied foreign nations for critical materials; they cover light rare earth separation, heavy rare earth separation, metals and alloys production, samarium cobalt magnet production, and neodymium iron boron magnet production.

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What will the US defense industry do when China cuts off rare earth supplies?

For years, supply chain experts warned about the potential for China to cut off access to the critical materials found in almost every major weapon system, from fifth-generation fighters to precision-guided munitions. Even a modest decrease in the availability of rare earth materials results in increasing prices for the elements, but severe and sustained shortages could threaten the ability of American defense contractors to produce systems vital to our national security.

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Why Congress should embrace market research for DOD

Tucked away in this year’s version of the Senate National Defense Authorization Act is a provision with potentially far-reaching benefits for IT acquisition within the Department of Defense. This provision modifies acquisition law for major defense programs to facilitate the integration of independent […]

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America’s critical minerals problem has gone from bad to worse

It is no secret that the United States has a critical minerals problem. As the Pentagon’s top acquisition official Ellen Lord said recently, “We have an amazing amount of dependency on China.” Lord called the findings of a forthcoming report on the defense industrial base “quite alarming,” and noted that China is America’s “sole source for rare earth minerals.” […]

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J.A. Green & Co. Signs Seven New Clients

AHEAD OF THE FILINGS: J.A. GREEN SIGNS SEVEN: J.A. Green & Company has seven new clients: Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC to lobby on “issues related to direct commercial sales of certain small-arms”; GN Hearing to lobby on “procurement of advanced hearing protection”; Global Tungsten & Powders to lobby on “issues related to government acquisition of tungsten”; Mark Barnes & […]

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Trump's executive order on minerals will boost national defense

Last month, President Trump took an important step toward ensuring America’s long-term national security by signing an executive order to improve access to America’s metals and minerals. The order fundamentally changes U.S. policy toward critical minerals and will assure the United States has access to these materials for use in every […]

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America’s long-overdue critical minerals strategy heralds wide-ranging advantages, says Jeff Green

A long-time advocate of national self-reliance on critical minerals, the Washington defense lobbyist and former USAF commander calls it the United States’ “most substantive development in critical mineral policy in 20 years.” As President Donald Trump ordered a national strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on unfriendly or unstable sources […]

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America’s mining policy undermines national security

After nearly two decades of war, the American military must address a readiness crisis. Both Congress and the Trump administration are working to rebuild the military’s front-line forces. But readying America’s industrial base to support the force of the future requires further action. The Department of Defense should be […]

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