Enhancing National Security

In uncertain times, U.S. mining provides essential elements for safeguarding our nation.

Despite being home to one of the world’s leading minerals reserves, cumbersome permitting processes contribute to the U.S. remaining import-dependent for 46 key metals and minerals –100 percent import-dependent for 17 of those. Import reliance subjects our supply chains to geopolitical instability and supply disruption.

Our Armed Forces rely on domestic metals and minerals for sophisticated weapons systems and safe transport of our troops. Our abundant supplies of metals and minerals minimize our reliance on foreign countries for these vital resources used in tanks, aircraft carriers, jets and submarines.

For example, beryllium is used to reduce weight and improve guidance performance in fighter jets and NASA technologies such as the mirrors on the James Webb Space Telescope. And metals such as copper, lead and nickel are used in military gear, weapons systems and other defense technologies.

America’s security depends on our ability to access and utilize the domestic energy and minerals resources that are abundant in the U.S.

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Rare Earths to Develop Defense Projects

Rare earth minerals or elements, a group of 17 different metals, are critical to defense, and can be found in lasers, precision-guided weapons, fuel cells, magnets for motors and other devices. That’s why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created the Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering... Read More

Enhancing National Security

Lithium Batteries in Defense

The U.S. Department of Energy released goals outlining the importance of domestic supply chains for minerals and metals like lithium. In the news for its use in electric vehicles, lithium is also crucial in a defense capacity, and has been for a long time. Lithium batteries are found in nearly every... Read More

Gold Plating in Defense

The Pogo gold deposit in Alaska has developed over millions of years, but the mine there today is owned and operated by Northern Star Resources Limited. It became sole owner in 2018, and gold ore is currently mined at a rate of around 3,300 short tons per day. Processing occurs in Pogo as well, with... Read More

Copper Supports Our Troops

Copper is a vital input for our national defense. It’s used in naval vessels, Coast Guard ships and Air Force aircrafts. It’s a tough yet malleable metal, and its widespread use is a testament to its value. In order to properly support our troops, we need copper supply here in the U.S. Fortunately, there... Read More

Newmont, Gold in Defense

Minerals and metals are necessary components in much of the technology used for national defense. Securing the supply chains for those components has been recognized as a vulnerability by the U.S. military, and concerns around the issue were heightened by the pandemic. Many of the minerals needed for... Read More

Energy Fuels, Rare Earth Elements Recovery

Rare earth elements are frequently in the news, with little surprise. These minerals can be found in everything from smartphones to missile guidance systems. In fact, the U.S. has identified 35 metals and minerals crucial to the defense industrial base, including gallium (found in computer chips), praseodymium... Read More

Energy Fuels: Importance of Domestic Energy Production

The COVID-19 crisis has brought the importance of securing our domestic supply chains to the forefront. Our dependence on other countries to supply a wide variety of materials we need at home is no longer an option. Fortunately, there are companies working to strengthen America’s domestic supply chains. In... Read More

Standard Lithium: Importance of a Strong Domestic Supply Chain

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the dangers to our economic and national security of relying too heavily on global supply chains. The United States is 100 percent dependent on foreign sources for 17 mineral commodities and 50 percent or more import dependent for another 29, including ones essential... Read More

Midas Gold: Reinvigorating a Historic Piece of the Defense Supply Chain

On May 17, 1943, the men and women of the Bradley Mining Company in Stibnite, Idaho received an unexpected telegram. It came from Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Commander and Chief of the Allied Forces in Africa. Following allied victory in North Africa, General Eisenhower wrote to express his appreciation... Read More

American Voters Want to Prioritize Pro-Mining Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the president prepares to deliver his third State of the Union address, U.S. voters want to see government action on a number of issues key to the mining industry – from reducing the nation’s alarming mineral import reliance by encouraging domestic mining to leading in developing... Read More

Energy Fuels: Strengthening our Military Through Vanadium

The U.S. military has no margin for error, which is why our troops depend on the best materials when in training or out on mission. Vanadium is a metal that is both extremely strong and lightweight, making it ideal for military applications. By creating higher strength steel, vanadium allows for greater... Read More

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Receives Aviation Award

Aviation Week & Space Technology awarded the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines), the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base and Moog Inc. Laureate Award for pioneering the use of cold spray technology in aircraft repair and maintenance. The cold spray is now being used... Read More

Space Exploration: Stronger with Minerals

History was made in 1969 when Apollo 11 landed the first two people on the moon. Now, almost 50 years later, the Trump administration is ushering in a new chapter in America’s storied space history with the proposed launch of Space Force, a new military service branch centered around space operations. Space... Read More

Coeur Mining: Integrating Veterans in the Workforce

Veterans are a sought-after group in the workforce, bringing valuable skills and experience from their military service. Coeur Mining recognizes the sacrifices that our veterans have made and works to provide them an opportunity to continue their career in a company that cares about each and every employee. Through... Read More

Materion: Strengthening National Security with Beryllium

Greg Gregory, president of Materion Natural Resources, is at the front lines of the nation’s focus on critical resource security. Mr. Gregory recently testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a hearing on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Final List of Critical... Read More

Twin Metals Minnesota: Protecting America with American Resources

Since its inception, the United States has sustained strong national defense and security measures through continuous innovation, and today, innovation is more important than ever. Every year, the Department of Defense (DOD) uses 750,000 tons of minerals in production of future technologies to protect... Read More

Caterpillar: Engineering Equipment to Protect our Military

By now you’ve probably heard about the recent contract awarded to Caterpillar with the U.S. Department of Defense. The $663 million contract for construction equipment through the Defense Logistics Agency gives customers such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. federal civilian agencies... Read More

Freeport McMoRan: Helping Advance Medical Technologies for our Troops

Prosthetics for veterans have improved substantially thanks to minerals found right here in the U.S. The creation of lightweight prosthetic limbs that function more efficiently, and innovations in robotic technology that enable brain signals to control prosthetic devices, would not be possible without... Read More

Minnesota: Home to The Future of Military Technology

Innovation is essential for sustaining strong national defense and security. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) uses 750,000 tons of minerals each year in technologies that protect the very troops that protect our nation. For example, silver’s exceptional strength helps protect our troops as an... Read More

Department of Defense Depends on Mineral Mining Companies

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the minerals mining industry is proud to serve those who serve us. Minerals are among the most important components that make up the technologies protecting our troops and safeguarding our nation. In fact, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) uses 750,000 tons... Read More

Minerals and Metals Help Improve our National Security

Recently, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) introduced the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2017” in the Senate and House, respectively. In doing so, they highlighted the important role that minerals play in our national security. “Duplicative regulations,... Read More

Copper: Supporting Defense Technology to Keep the U.S. Safe & Secure

Companies in the defense industry are constantly reviewing and researching what materials work best for the technology that helps protect the U.S. Lockheed Martin, one of the largest defense technology companies in the world, has introduced nanocopper in soldering circuit boards due to its ability... Read More

American Minerals: The Future of Military Technology

Innovation is essential for sustaining strong national defense and security. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) uses 750,000 tons of minerals each year in technologies that protect the troops that protect our nation. For example, silver’s exceptional strength helps protect our troops as an essential... Read More

Lighter, Faster and Stronger Military Operations with Materion

Defense operations require increasingly sophisticated intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, and they need those systems to be mounted on agile land, sea, air and space platforms, operating faster and more efficiently than ever before. Consider satellite systems, precision-guided... Read More