Our national security requires an independent, robust supply chain

A secure and resilient supply of critical minerals is paramount to our national security and is an economic necessity. Unfortunately, the United States is almost entirely dependent on foreign nations for our supply — an alarming fact considering most of the technology our government uses today requires these minerals.

Every day, the Department of Homeland Security works to secure our border, counter terrorist threats, harden our cybersecurity defenses, and protect us from emerging threats such as weaponized drones and biological weapons. This is a sweeping and, at times, difficult mandate to fulfill.

Fortunately for the public, the department has some of the best people in the world executing its critical mission. But our enemies are getting savvier and more sophisticated. For DHS officials to be successful, they need to have access to cutting-edge equipment and technology. Technologies like high-speed communications, surveillance systems, radar satellites, and secure computer networks allow DHS
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