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US Achilles heel

Former Army acquisitions exec says military needs domestic rare earths

A former high ranking United States Army executive charged with acquiring and developing world-class equipment for U.S. soldiers under the Obama and Bush administrations warns that the lack of a domestic source for rare earth elements, or REEs, will be the Achilles heel of American military superiority.

"Every one of the current and next round of super and unimaginable US weapons relies on REEs, a...


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