Domestic Mineral Production Helps Maintain National Security

Minerals and metals are vital to maintaining our national security. Every year, the Department of Defense (DOD) uses about 750,000 tons of minerals such as beryllium, copper, lead, molybdenum, nickel, silver, yttrium, and zinc for many different defense technologies, including military gear such as night-vision goggles, high-performance jet engines, and surveillance applications. Lighter than aluminum…