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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Enhancing National Security

Rare Earths to Develop Defense Projects

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Lithium Batteries in Defense

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Gold Plating in Defense

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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

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