Much attention has been focused on U.S. dependency on imports for supplies of strategic minerals and materials. There is alarm about the extent of that dependency and about the possibility that U.S. economic, political, and strategic decisions might be unduly influenced by arbitrary actions of foreign suppliers. In addition, there is concern that t
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Materials and the Economy -- The Global Distribution and Production of Raw Materials -- The International Flow of Materials -- Strategic and Critical Minerals and Materials in the United States -- U.S. Materials Import Dependency and Vulnerability -- Approaches to Reducing U.S. Materials Import Vulnerability -- Problems Associated with Materials Supply and Demand -- The Need for a National Policy for Materials
L. Harold Bullis, formerly a specialist in science and technology and head of the Geosciences, Materials, and Industrial Technology Section of the Science Policy Research Division of the Congressional Research Service, is currently a private consultant. James E. Mielke is a specialist in earth and marine sciences and is head of the Geosciences, Materials, and Industrial Technology Section of the Science Policy Research Division of the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress.