Would you believe that the U.S. now depends on China to supply the rare earth metal lanthanum that’s required for those night-vision goggles? Or that we also depend on China for the propellant in our Hellfire missiles? The U.S. has no domestic production of the high-tech magnets required to manufacture military-grade Humvees, Apache helicopters, or Virginia-class submarines. And there is only a single domestic manufacturer of the large-diameter copper-nickel tubing used in U.S. Navy ships. The sole alternative – a European conglomerate – has been cited for anti-competitive practices, including price fixing and dumping.
Dayton Daily News:
If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, you may have seen the RB-47H stratojet parked inside the museum’s Cold War Gallery.
It’s an impressive piece of 20th-century history, and one that holds a very personal significance for me. At the height of the Cold War, my father, Lt. Col. Norman Paul (U.S. Air Force, retired), served as the navigator in that very jet.
My father spent many hours airborne, serving his country in missions that, to this day, he won’t disclose. He loved his flying days, and I’m grateful that his sturdy B-47 was constructed with the top-notch parts and the cutting-edge electronics of the time that kept him safe in sometimes unfriendly skies.