U.S.A. More Technology Against China

U.S.A. More Technology Against China

The Pentagon stocks up on rare earth materials and is looking for a place to stock them. Rare earth materials are essential for military technology and are also important in USA-CHINA confrontation. According to some government records viewed from Reuters, the United States Department of Defense (also called the Pentagon), is looking for someone able to store a six-month stock of particular magnets, and also able to keep them safe for two years and a half.These magnets are actually highly strategic materials. we’re dealing with Neodymium: a rare earth material – composed by Neodymium grade, iron and boron – , essential to realise missiles and new generation fighter jets, such us Javelin and F-35.Rare earth materials consist in a group of 17 minerals used in the production of electrical devices and military technology. China is for sure one of the most important producers in the world – including of Neodymium – followed up by Australia and USA. Since Washington depends over 80% on rare earth materials from China, Pechino has taken advantage of this to start a commercial war, threatening to stop the trade.Main aim of USA is to emancipate themselves from foreign suppliers, especially if they’re from rival Country, in order to void any risk for personal safety. By the way, self-sufficiency is not an easy aim to get, and Pentagon’s undertaking doesn’t help domestic production: for example, at the moment, America does not produce Neodymium magnets.At the end of August, the Pentagon was negotiating with Australia – an important american ally – in order ro create there an establishment to rework rare earth materials.A week ago, Reuters revealed in a scoop that the american army intends to finance the construction of processing plants for this minerals: the cost would be between 5 and 20 millions of dollars, even 100 millions in some case.In order to be useful for the realization of military technology, after being reworked, rare earth materials need to be turned into magnets. For the moment, the Pentagon doesn’t have a financial plan to encourage rare earth magnets’ production.

(Source: www.eastwest.eu)