WATCH: Gen. Adams Presents Testimony before House Foreign Affairs Committee

By Eric Auner

Yesterday Guardian Six President Brig. Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) gave testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. The hearing was on the “Emerging Threat of Resource Wars.”

Gen. Adams focused specifically on risks to U.S. supplies of specialty metals and rare earth elements, a topic that Guardian Six covered in depth in the recent report “Remaking American Security: Supply Chain Vulnerabilities and National Security Risks Across the U.S. Defense Industrial Base.”

Among the specific issues that Adams addressed in his testimony:

  • U.S. reliance on foreign suppliers for key minerals: The U.S. Department of Defense imports nearly 750,000 tons of minerals annually. Some of these supplier nations have unstable political and economic systems, and have pursued policies that restrict U.S. access to materials necessary for the U.S. military.
  • The neglect of the U.S. mining base: Decisions by U.S. firms, combined with various U.S. government policies, have led to the erosion of the U.S. mining base. This exacerbates U.S. reliance on foreign suppliers for the minerals that enable modern electronics and advanced materials.
  • Preserving U.S. access to strategic materials: The United States currently lacks government-wide policies for identifying, and maintaining stockpiles of, strategic materials necessary for the warfighter.

To read the entire chapter on specialty metals, see: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA14/20130725/101216/HHRG-113-FA14-Wst...