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Rare Earths Shortage Would Spur Pentagon to Action

The Defense Department would intervene in case of a shortage of rare earth materials for defense electronics and motors, Brett Lambert, the Pentagon official responsible for industrial policy, said.

“If we see restrictions, we would look to activate one of many measures, including contingency contracting” that lets U.S. defense contractors buy materials on behalf of the Pentagon, Lambert, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said today in an interview. “The tripwire” for such action is “if we are unable to meet requirements.”