Sen. Demands DOD Halt Chinese Raw Material Procurement

Law360, Washington (March 19, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT) -- Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Defense stop the procurement of raw materials from China for the manufacture of U.S. military weapons and aircraft, saying it was both a violation of law and a “betrayal” of American businesses.

According to the senator, he was “deeply concerned” that despite being generally prohibited by federal law, unspecified recent reports had suggested that many U.S. military aircraft and weapons systems contain rare earth elements — exotic metals commonly used in electronics manufacturing —...
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