These 35 Minerals Are Absolutely Critical To U.S. Security

What do cobalt, uranium, helium, titanium, and fluorspar have in common?

As Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins points out, according to the U.S. government, these are all minerals that are deemed critical to both the economic and national security of the country.

The draft list of 35 critical minerals was released on February 16, 2018 as the result of President Trump’s Executive Order 13817, which asked the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Secretary of Defense to publish a list of mineral commodities that are vital to U.S. interests.

Under the Executive Order, a critical mineral is defined as:

A non-fuel mineral or mineral material essential to the economic and national security of the United States, the supply chain of which is vulnerable to disruption…

The list includes minerals that are important for defense, economic, and industrial purposes – and it keys in especially on minerals that are not produced in substantial quantities domestically.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

 

WHY THESE CRITICAL MINERALS?

We sorted the list based on some of the key uses of these minerals.

Of course, some of these minerals could belong in multiple categories: for example, vanadium is used as a steel and titanium alloy strengthener, but also in rechargeable vanadium flow batteries.

That said, the important commonality to note for all of these minerals is their crucial link to the U.S. economy and national security.

PREPARING FOR THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO

Imagine the hypothetical impact of a lack of uranium for nuclear plants, a hampered ability to create high-strength steel and superalloys for the U.S. military, or if U.S. auto manufacturers had limited access to aluminum, steel, PGMs, and battery metals.

The challenge, as U.S. federal authorities realize, is that many of these raw materials are produced in limited amounts domestically. In fact, according to the USGS, the country sources at least 31 of the aforementioned materials chiefly through imports.

While it is unlikely that these supply chains would ever be disrupted, it’s never a bad idea to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

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overbet HRClinton Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:09 Permalink

Tungsten made the cut, but keep buying the horizontal chart gold Ha! At least buy something somebody might want or need. Get yourself some titanium. Even potash hahaha. I got some gold I'm looking trade up for some tin if anybody's interested.

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Stuck on Zero Easyp Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:36 Permalink

You call it a list of "minerals" but the list contains names of "elements" not minerals. Minerals are naturally occurring compounds that are composed of basic elements.

Mineral: In geology, a naturally occurring inorganic substance (see inorganic molecules) with a definite chemical composition and a regular internal structure.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Pinto Currency Tue, 03/06/2018 - 01:49 Permalink

Outstanding, I was wondering if anyone remembered Clinton sold the strategic materials stockpile.

Clinton also ended the governments grain stockpile program, which also was a price support for grain. Now we hand out farm subsidy programs.

Clinton tried to sell the entire gold stockpile, of over 8000 metric tonnes. But one powerful Senator from his party said no. It's real funny when the extremely confused left wing parrot there is no gold. but back in the Clinton era it was a known fact, the US gold stockpile was intact. But now, it's the insane rant China and Russia will destroy the US with their gold stockpile.

The other angle is, some of these minerals were produced in the US, those mines were shut down for many reasons. However, there is a handful of critical minerals which was the reason the US had a strategic stockpile.

Nixon was famous for his foreign policy knowledge, he wrote a book, "The Real War" which became the US geopolitical plan. This was after he was impeached. He was trying to restore his reputation.

The book explained the problem, and what did Clinton do, sold off the strategic reserve. It's interesting Hillary Clinton was on the legal team working to impeach Nixon. It's interesting when asked what Hillary did during this time, the head lawyer said she was fired from the impeachment team. We have no evidence, but this was during the election and some people on the web said it wasn't true, Hillary was deeply involved in disinformation to impeach Nixon. Clinton has been running disinformation operations on the American people her entire political life.(it's because she thought she was smarter than citizens, it's because we're not citizens in her mind, we are pawns.)

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MK ULTRA Alpha Bigly Tue, 03/06/2018 - 03:14 Permalink

OK bigly, I gave you a thumbs up even though I'm not here for that, a popularity contest in an echo chamber. I want to make sure you know to get a gun and make sure if anything happens like a gun confiscation you understand what it means to make a plan for a weapons cache.

Do not obey, hide your weapons. period, because everyone will need their weapon.

I call it a weapon, because it has only one purpose and that is to kill. When it goes down, one must remember the purpose of the weapon, it's not something to show off to make one look tough or cool. It's for the self defense of yourself and your love ones.

Of course people will say it's for target practice or hunting, but the main purpose right now, in our country is TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE A TARGET OF A GENOCIDAL TAKE DOWN MODEL BASED ON THE RUSSIAN COMMUNIST 1917 REVOLUTION AND THE GENOCIDE OF 20 MILLION WHITE MIDDLE CLASS RUSSIAN CHRISTIANS.

One doesn't have to be a Christian to see this, and most Christians are brainwashed not to see, and BRAINWASHED to believe 2% of the population of Russian and Eastern European gypsies are the ancient Israelites. In other words, I will say this like I'm telling a young soldier, I will say this to ALL CHRISTIANS, you are going to get us killed.

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 03/06/2018 - 02:54 Permalink

Quick note, on the list of minerals, the US produced many of the minerals.

The US had a huge supply of helium. The Germans were restricted from importing US helium. I believe the US has one of the largest supplies of helium.

The Germans not being able to use US helium, caused the Germans to use hydrogen for the Hindenburg Blimp, it explode on arrival in the US.

So the list the US doesn't have many of the minerals is false, the US is no longer PRODUCING these minerals. It's because of the Nixon creation EPA and NOAA.

It was Nixon who drove environmental regulation, now under communist control these agencies have been used to destroy US producers by making it too expense to produce these minerals in the US.

So what the EPA and NOAA have done is force producers out of business and allowed the same environmental damage to occur in another country which has no regulations. The EPA and the other government agencies were supposed to work with business to help them understand what needs to be done without driving them out of business.

As we can see during the Obama administration the entire government was weaponized to destroy US business driving the last out of the country.

Obama and his communist and homosexuals armies worked real hard to destroy the US, the agencies went from civil fines to criminal. Agencies developed their own paramilitary commandos and bought arms and ammo for the purpose of Obama led communist take down of white America. He would talk about his need for an army greater than the US army. The communist minions even used FEMA to start Obama Youth training and organizing with uniforms with the false belief this was for civil defense. Even in NDAA the Jews placed concentration camps and martial law powers. Remember crazy Senator Graham, the closet homosexual, remember after the vote, he was foaming like a mad dog, "Battlefield America". Graham, he was one of Obama's homosexuals.(many have said this)

I can go further to show many agencies and organizations were being militarized for a communist take over.

The leaders of the resistance and we can see by their actions and words, the whole objective was the genocide of white Christian America was a carbon copy of the 1917 Russian revolution Khazar gypsies(Jews) genocide of over 20 million Russian Middle Class Christians. All Khazar Jewish led, International Communism is Jewish, but they aren't the Israelites of the Bible, they are the Khazar gypsies.

I now after reading about the DNC voter fraud, Obama did not win a second term. It was rigged by the communist.

US immigration has brought in millions of communist. In the Clinton era Russian Khazars were allowed into the US in the millions after the fall of the Soviet Union.

After the US allowed them in, they marched on Washington demanding money because they had fought the Nazis, Clinton said let them have money for fighting the Nazis.

It was during this time, and it continued until critical mass, communism became the main driver of the US and the destruction of an entire class, the middle class for a classless society ruled at the top by a handful of Jews. That's the bottom line.

The US imported communist, and now look what happened. Even when Clinton was at state, communist moles who were later deported quickly by Clinton, had penetrated into the very core of the US government.

There are most likely many, most likely in the tens of thousands of communist moles in the government.

The story about the Russian moles close to Clinton and in the government has been made into a television series. The Russian moles which the FBI didn't tell you, came to the US when Bill Clinton opened the door to millions of Russian Jews who were called the Khazar gypsies.

That's right, when the FBi said they had been living in the US for such and such time, no one correlated it back to Bill Clinton's actions and the Russian communist march on Washington and the demand for money, as if they were like US veterans demanding compensation for injuries sustained in the military.

A small percentage of veterans are compensated for their injuries, the VA is a lie, but the Russian communist were given money for just saying they fought the Nazis of WWII. What was Bill Clinton doing? building a communist army just like Obama TOLD you he was doing.

So now we can see, the Democratic Party was the communist party, factions hiding, waiting for years to install a president who will conduct the genocide the communist would advocate in the 60's. Bill Ayers and many of Obama's group were communist who advocated the kill off white Christian America. It was a repeat of what the Jews did in Russia.

And what's strange, is all of these people calling themselves Jews are from Eastern Europe and Russia. 2% of the population. But what's stranger, the 60's movement was led by same Eastern Europeans and Russian Jews.

Kind of like the Rosenbergs stole the H-bomb secrets for Russia, they were executed. In those day's and up until Bill Clinton era, when Jews committed fraud in banking and Wall Street, they went to prison like everyone else. Not now, why? because Khazar Gypsies calling themselves Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia have critical mass, and have armies of homosexuals and radical people of color to kill us and to manipulate media and congress. Jews don't go to prison for the crimes they commit. And they're all in on it.

NOW WHAT DO THEY WANT MOST, TO DISARM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE GENOCIDE OF WHITE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA. AND IF CAN'T SEE IT, THEN YOU'RE ONE OF THE BRAINWASHED MINIONS.

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 03/06/2018 - 03:27 Permalink

And why is America's sperm count dropping. If you go through Chertoff's airport x-ray equipment, then you're being STERILIZED.

CHERTOFF MEANS IN RUSSIAN THE DEVIL GO LOOK IT UP.

LOL 2% OF THE POPULATION OF ETHNIC EASTERN EUROPEANS AND RUSSIANS KHAZAR JEWS ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO DESTROY OUR PEOPLE SO THEY CAN TAKE OVER LIKE THEY DID IN RUSSIA 1917. THEY MUST HAVE A MASSIVE KILL OFF TO DO IT.

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BrownCoat MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 03/06/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

It is true that Communist takeovers have had mass kill offs.

The US definitely has Cultural Marxism. The ideas in Cultural Marxism can either be defined as (1) suicidal for US society or (2) a "fifth column" intended to destroy the US.

The US Middle Class used to be predominately Christian. "They" have succeeded in replacing Christianity with Cultural Marxism/atheism. A society based on Christianity works better than a society based on atheism. The tide is turning. People have now experienced the huge flaws in Cultural Marxism. It will take time, but I would say that the influence of atheist/communist power has peaked during the Obama era. The Middle Class does not want any more of this dysfunction!

@ MK ULTRA Alpha,
Your point about firearm ownership is key. An armed populace is a bulwark against the Fifth Column. 

 

 

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DaiRR besnook Tue, 03/06/2018 - 01:00 Permalink

Kudos to the Trump Administration for putting the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act of 1939 back in the spotlight and giving strategic minerals the attention needed to MAGA.  The Obamination was just fine letting China et al corner the supplies and markets.  All part of Obama's "fundamentally changing the United States of America."  Thank God we have President Trump and a Republican Congress who actually care about protecting the USA.   

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thisandthat besnook Tue, 03/06/2018 - 01:12 Permalink

Where's the Hopium and Changium? Don't tell me the US just run out of these two most critical assets...

They are known to be absolutely necessary in keeping highly unstable Special Snowflakium mildly stable, and preventing it from violently decomposing into extremely noxious Crybabium, which spontaneously occurs under the slightest increase in pressure, hint of rising temperature, or presence of atmospheric CO².

They're also said to allow Magical Rainbow Unicornium to transmutate even the most Unobtainium claded Dreamium into the commonest variety Realitatium.

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UnicornTears Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

Seems like they are preparing for war. Fuck it, we are going to have to fight China sooner or later, better to do it now before they get stronger. World's overpopulated anyways. 

Savvy Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:47 Permalink

National security again. That means anyone with these elements in abundance is going to find themselves with ISIS, al queda, taliban, terrorist du jour inviting democracy from the MIC.

Sziget Tue, 03/06/2018 - 01:14 Permalink

First i read:

These 35 Millenials Are Absolutely Critical To U.S. Security

thought i was dumb not knowing the startups these guys run, realized around tungsten...