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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Managing Materials for a Twenty-first Century Military Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile National Materials Advisory Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001 NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance. This study was supported by Contract No. SP8000-06-C-0013 between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Defense. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project. Cover: A titanium splash. Titanium is a light, strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant metal that can withstand extreme temperatures. Titanium alloys have many uses in military systems, including in aircraft, armor plating, naval ships, spacecraft, and missiles. SOURCE: Gerald Petrak, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-11257-4 International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-11257-5 Available in limited quantities from: National Materials Advisory Board 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001 email@example.com http://www.nationalacademies.edu/nmab Additional copies of this report are available from the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, DC 20055; (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313 (in the Washington metropolitan area); Internet, http://www.nap.edu. Copyright 2008 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. Charles M. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering. The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine. The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy’s purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone and Dr. Charles M. Vest are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the National Research Council. www.national-academies.org
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military COMMITTEE ON ASSESSING THE NEED FOR A DEFENSE STOCKPILE ROBERT H. LATIFF, Chair, SAIC HERMAN M. REININGA, Vice Chair, Rockwell Collins (retired) CAROL ADKINS, Sandia National Laboratories BRUCE E. BLUE, Freedom Metals, Inc. KENNETH S. FLAMM, The University of Texas, Austin KATHARINE G. FRASE, IBM DONALD E. GESSAMAN, EOP Group STEPHEN T. GONCZY, Gateway Materials Technology, Inc. RALPH L. KEENEY, Duke University EDWARD R. KIELTY, Hall Chemical Company J. PATRICK LOONEY, Brookhaven National Laboratory GRAHAM R. MITCHELL, Lehigh University PETER C. MORY, U.S. Bureau of Mines and Defense National Stockpile Center (retired) DAVID C. MOWERY, University of California, Berkeley DANIEL B. MUELLER, Norwegian University of Science and Technology MADAN M. SINGH, Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, State of Arizona KATHLEEN A. WALSH, Naval War College JAMES C. WILLIAMS, The Ohio State University Staff MICHAEL H. MOLONEY, Study Director TERI THOROWGOOD, Administrative Coordinator
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD KATHARINE G. FRASE, Chair, IBM LYLE H. SCHWARTZ, Vice Chair, Consultant PAUL BECHER, Oak Ridge National Laboratory EVERETT E. BLOOM, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (retired) BARBARA D. BOYAN, Georgia Institute of Technology PETER R. BRIDENBAUGH, Alcoa, Inc. (retired) L. CATHERINE BRINSON, Northwestern University JOHN W. CAHN, University of Washington DIANNE CHONG, The Boeing Company PAUL CITRON, Medtronic, Inc. (retired) GEORGE T. GRAY, III, Los Alamos National Laboratory SOSSINA M. HAILE, California Institute of Technology CAROL A. HANDWERKER, Purdue University ELIZABETH HOLM, Sandia National Laboratories DAVID W. JOHNSON, JR., Stevens Institute of Technology ROBERT H. LATIFF, Science Applications International Corporation KENNETH H. SANDHAGE, Georgia Institute of Technology LINDA SCHADLER, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, GE Aircraft Engines JAMES C. SEFERIS, GloCal University STEVEN WAX, Strategic Analysis, Inc. Staff GARY FISCHMAN, Director MICHAEL H. MOLONEY, Senior Program Officer EMILY ANN MEYER, Program Officer TERI THOROWGOOD, Administrative Coordinator HEATHER LOZOWSKI, Financial Associate
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Preface In the report language for the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act, the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (HASC) directed the Department of Defense (DoD) (1) to review its policy for disposing of material in the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) and (2) to determine whether the NDS should be reconfigured “to adapt to current world market conditions to ensure future availability of materials required for defense needs.”1 In July 2006, in response to this request, DoD, through the Defense National Stockpile Center (DNSC) at the Defense Logistics Agency, issued a report suggesting that the National Research Council (NRC) be asked to carry out a study on the NDS.2 In response, the NRC formed the Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile to assess the continuing need for and value of the NDS and, if needed, to develop general principles for its operation and configuration. In carrying out this charge the committee was asked to Describe, drawing on previous studies of the National Academies, current national defense materials needs, taking account of the recent evolution of the domestic and global materials supply chains and the impact of growing international materials needs on materials availability. 1 Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Report of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, on H.R. 1815 together with additional and dissenting views. Report 109-89, p. 477. Washington, D.C. (2005). 2 U.S. Department of Defense, Report in Response to House Armed Services Committee Request on p. 477 of Report 109-89, Washington, D.C. (2006).
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Re-assess the national need for the stockpiling and safe, secure, and environmentally sound stewardship for strategic and critical defense-related materials in the United States. In conducting this assessment the committee will consider other nations’ stockpiling initiatives. Recommend general concepts and scenarios for the operation of any future national stockpile that would consider the roles of government, industry, and the wider materials community in the identification of specific defense materials needs. By NRC standards, the time available to the committee to do its work (fewer than 6 months elapsed between the committee’s first meeting and this report going into NRC review) was much shorter than usual. As a result, the scope of the committee’s work had to be limited to what was achievable in a comprehensive way within the expedited schedule. The committee was not able to analyze in depth specific defense materials needs, but this report does provide an outline of those needs based on the work of other committees and studies, including NRC reports (as called for in the charge), the expertise of the committee members, presentations to the committee, and information gathered by committee members during the study. While the committee began its work by considering the narrow matter of need for the stockpile, its focus evolved over the course of the study to considering the larger matter of assuring supply. Also, while the committee drew conclusions on stockpiling as one method to assure supply—the core issue in the committee’s opinion—it did not have the time or resources to assess the safety, security, or environmentally sound stewardship of materials in the stockpile. These stewardship issues could be considered in any future work on the configuration of the stockpile. The committee, in fact, hopes that this study will only be a beginning and that serious consideration will be given to a more thorough, deliberate, and longer look into the important issues that remain. The NRC populated the committee with members having a broad range of backgrounds and interests.3 They came from government laboratories, large and small companies, and academia. While several members had some experience or knowledge of stockpile history and operations, the subject was a new one for a majority of the members. This was by design, and the committee embarked on the study with no preconceived ideas about the outcome. The committee heard from representatives of DoD, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Department of Commerce, academic institutions, industry associations, and aerospace industries. It reviewed stockpile legislation, DoD policies, past studies by the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and the NRC, and other reports on national defense materials needs. The full committee met twice in open session and several times by teleconference. 3 Note that members of this committee served in a personal capacity and the views they express in this report do not reflect those of their employers or any other institution with which they are affiliated.
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Additionally, several members tasked with major report drafting responsibilities met twice in Washington, D.C. In both cases, the drafts were vetted by the committee as a whole. The committee then met a third and final time in plenary closed session to come to consensus on this report and its conclusions and recommendations. While the study was under way, the NRC’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources was in the midst of a related study, on minerals and mineral products critical to industry and emerging technologies in the U.S. economy. While neither committee was privy to the other’s private deliberations in closed committee sessions or draft reports, the committees did share the publicly available information they had gathered. This committee is grateful to the members and staff of the Committee on Critical Mineral Impacts on the U.S. Economy for their cooperation. My thanks go to the committee for its extraordinary efforts to produce this report in a short time. Although members came together from a variety of professional backgrounds, the committee was united in its diligence and dedication to completing its task—a task all quickly saw as being important to the country. Overall, this was an enjoyable and educational experience. None of it would have been possible without the commitment of the NRC staff, who supported the committee’s work and made it possible for the committee to adhere to its expedited schedule. The committee worked diligently to understand the legislation, policies, and actual operation of the NDS as well as legislation and policy governing other aspects of materials supply, logistics, and the defense industrial base. Significant effort was devoted to analyzing the history of stockpile operations as they relate to defense planning. In the end, the committee was struck by the fact that despite the efforts of interested organizations and dedicated individuals in DoD and the Congress to make critical and strategic materials decisions based on sound analysis and assessment of risk, the NDS remains a low-priority activity for DoD leadership. The committee has attempted to call attention to the dramatically different situation in which the country finds itself compared with 70 years ago, when much of the stockpile legislation and policy was originally conceived. The globalization of materials production and supply has radically changed the ability of the United States to produce and to procure materials vital to defense needs. Yet, little has been done in the face of changed materials needs in the military nor have the methods of computing stockpile requirements or the means of assuring continued supplies been adapted to reflect these changes. The committee is hopeful that this report will be the catalyst for long-awaited and much-needed action. Robert Latiff Chair
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Acknowledgment of Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Jack E. Buffington, University of Arkansas, John Busch, IBIS Associates, Dianne Chong, The Boeing Company, Fiona Doyle, University of California, Berkeley, Steven W. Freiman, National Institute of Standards and Technology (retired), Ivan L. Herring, General Motors (retired), John D. Morgan, U.S. Bureau of Mines (retired), and Subhash C. Singhal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Elisabeth M. Drake, Massachusetts Institute
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military of Technology. Appointed by the National Research Council, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Contents SUMMARY 1 1 OVERVIEW: OBSERVATIONS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS 7 Genesis of This Study, 9 Observations, 10 Government Inaction on Previous Study Recommendations, 11 Fundamental Shift in Global Materials Supply and Demand, 12 Changing World, New Context, 12 Conclusions, 14 Continuing Need for and Value of the National Defense Stockpile, 14 Current Defense Materials Needs, 15 National Need for the Stockpiling of Strategic and Critical Defense-Related Materials, 16 Recommendations, 18 References, 22 2 HISTORICAL CONTEXT 23 The History of Stockpile Policy, 23 World War II and the Korean War Period, 24 Cold War Years, 25 1988 to the Present, 28
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Closer Look at Releases, Acquisitions, and Upgrades of Materials in the National Defense Stockpile, 30 Costs of Operating the Stockpile, 34 Tools to Assure Supply: Not a New Question, 34 1975 General Accounting Office Report, 34 1983 Congressional Budget Office Report, 36 Summary, 38 References, 39 3 RAW MATERIALS AND MINERALS SUPPLY 41 Global Mineral Use, 42 Global Distribution of Geological Mineral Resources, 44 U.S. Mining and Processing Sectors, 46 Restructuring in the Global Mineral Sector, 51 Conclusions, 52 References, 53 4 CHANGING DEFENSE PLANNING AND DEFENSE MATERIALS NEEDS 55 Changes in Defense Planning, 56 1990-2001, 56 Post-9/11 Period, 58 Stockpile Implications of a Transformed Military, 62 Defining Twenty-first Century Defense Materials Needs, 64 Meeting the Materials Needs for Today’s Rapidly Changing Military Technology, 65 Emerging and Future Materials Needs, 69 Conclusions, 73 References, 74 5 MANAGING TODAY’S MATERIALS SUPPLY CHAINS 76 Evolution of Military Procurement, 76 Evolution of the Military Logistics System, 78 Defense Industrial Policy and the Policy Tool Chest, 80 Evolution of Industrial Policy, 80 Import Restrictions, 81 Industrial Subsidy, 83 Technology Promotion, 83 Restrictions on Foreign Investment, 83 Direct Allocation of Production, 84 Relationships and Diplomacy, 85
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Managing Materials for a Twenty-First Century Military Supply Chain Tools and Vulnerabilities, 86 Supply Chain Tools for NDS-Related Scenarios, 86 Risk Analysis and Mitigation Strategies, 90 Other Models for Stockpile Policy, 94 Materials Stockpiles in Other Countries, 97 Japanese Stockpile, 97 Chinese Stockpile, 98 Conclusions, 99 References, 100 6 CURRENT OPERATIONAL PRACTICES OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE STOCKPILE 102 Process to Identify Stockpile Materials Requirements, 103 Which Materials Are Considered?, 104 Process for Setting Materials Requirements, 104 Stockpile Requirements and Goals, 112 Evolution of the NDS Econometric Model, 120 Close Look at Identified Requirements, 123 Conclusions on the Configuration of the Stockpile, 124 Conclusions on the Setting of Materials Requirements and Goals, 125 Conclusions on the Operational Framework for the Stockpile, 126 Summary Remarks, 128 References, 129 APPENDIXES A Stockpile History 133 B U.S. Defense Strategy 145 C Defining Twenty-first Century Defense Materials Needs 155 D Rare Earth Elements 160 E Other U.S. Stockpiles 164 F Case Study: Beryllium 170 G Committee Membership 176 H Acronyms 187
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