Strategic Gaps

Rebuilding the stockpile

For all its vast natural wealth, the U.S. is dangerously dependent on foreign suppliers for a number of imports vital for defense production or high-technology equipment. President Reagan warned last month that "it is now widely recognized that our nation is vulnerable to sudden shortages in basic raw materials." Last week the Senate subcommittee on energy and mineral resources continued hearings on how to expand domestic production of strategic materials and start increasing the small American stockpile.

Reagan has given the General Services Administration $100 million to start buying as...

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