ABSTRACT

Industrial College of the Armed Forces: Industry Studies 2000: Strategic Materials   [open pdf - 312KB]

Strategic materials are those deemed to be of critical importance to national development and well-being. They include the following diverse materials: steel; aluminum; titanium; carbon-carbon and polymer matrices; and advanced ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, and metal matrix composites. Each of these materials differs from the others in terms of levels of technical and economic maturity and profitability. Overall, the materials industry has undergone a dramatic shift in the past decade, from a supplier value, supplier-centered industry to a customer -value, customer-centered industry. Instead of being viewed as commodities purchased by the pound, today's strategic materials are engineered products that significantly enhance performance and life cycle cost, and significantly contribute to the economy and to human resource development. Service, value, and processing are important, as are the consequences of the production processes.

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2000
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Industry Studies 2000
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