National Defense Stockpile Modernization or Suicide?
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The National Defense Stockpile, composed of 91 strategic materials valued at approximately 8.9 billion, contains less than half of the total three-year supply directed by Congress in the 1979 Strategic and Critical Materials Stockpiling Revision Act. The Department of Defense is currently in the process of effectively reducing the size of the stockpile to approximately 444 million. This massive reduction is based upon the assumption that the United States will have three to five years warning of any future national emergency and will be able to replenish any needed minerals. While stockpile contents should be updated to keep pace with technology, this massive reduction is potentially a form of suicide if these critical minerals are not available in a time of national emergency.
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