Minerals and materials are essential to many of society’s most important technological innovations: From semiconductors to solar panels and from smart phones to smart bombs. As the world becomes increasingly digital, connected, and electric, it will need additional supplies of these critical commodities to meet rising demand and to support countries’ economic competitiveness and national security.
In the last several years, the U.S. government has placed growing emphasis on the nation’s ability to steadily source these mineral materials, giving rise to various lists to help inform policy decisions. However, this can lead to confusion—How many lists exist? How do they differ? How are they ultimately used?
- Steve Fortier, Director, National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey
- Helena Khazdozian, Senior Advisor on Critical Minerals, Department of Energy
- David Pineault, Economist, DLA Strategic Materials, Department of Defense
Moderated by Abby Wulf, VP, Critical Minerals Strategy and Head of the Center for Critical Minerals Strategy, SAFE