manufactured in significant quantities only in Japan and are permitted for use only in restricted (non-weapon) applications by the U.S. government and U.S. industries.
In assessing the status of lightweighting in air, sea, and land vehicles, the committee found that there are good examples of lightweighting implementation in military vehicles. However, many opportunities still exist to take fuller advantage of this strategy. The committee notes that viewing lightweighting in a much broader sense than has traditionally been the case could help bring those opportunities to light.
The recommendations outlined above could help the DoD to capitalize on these opportunities. The committee notes that, because the recommendations address issues of broad national interest, they could have far-reaching benefits for the nation’s energy use, balance of trade, and jobs.