Rare earth elements (REE) are a set of 17 elements that are an essential part of many modern-day processes and industries. Some of the most common applications of REEs can be found in electric vehicles, wind turbines and military applications. However, many other industries also use REEs, including medical diagnostics and pharmaceutical and agricultural fields.
A country incapable of providing for itself isn’t much of a great power. To ensure America stays strong for generations to come, we need to bring production of goods essential to our national security back home. That starts with re-shoring rare earth manufacturing. For some, “industrial policy” is a dirty term associated with planned economies.
Former Veterans Affairs secretary and defense undersecretary Robert Wilkie has nailed what we should all know and not just suspect. “Xi Jinping is telling the West exactly what he wants to do to Taiwan, wrote Wilkie. “He has already wrecked Hong Kong’s democratic autonomy. He has threatened Australia, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam while militarizing the