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GAO Report on Critical Minerals Supply Risks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “GAO-22-104824 Critical Minerals: Building on Federal Efforts to…

GAO Report on Critical Minerals Supply Risks

GAO Report on Critical Minerals Supply Risks
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled GAO-22-104824 Critical Minerals: Building on Federal Efforts to Advance Recovery and Substitution Could Help Address Supply Risks”.

According to the GAO, “many U.S. technologies rely on imported critical minerals, like cobalt and lithium. Disruptions in the global mineral supply chain could seriously affect U.S. energy production, aviation, and other industries. Federal agencies created a national strategy to ensure reliable and secure supplies of 35 critical minerals. Finding ways to recycle these minerals or develop alternatives to them ("recovery and substitution") is a key piece of the strategy. But, new legal requirements related to mineral recovery and substitution were enacted after the strategy was created. We recommended updating the national strategy to address this issue, and more.”