A fundamental shift in thinking has occurred in the US over the past 50 years concerning strategic and advanced materials. Historically, the focus has centered on national defense, but with the increased globalization of national economies, a broader concept of strategic and advanced materials has emerged. The new perspective asserts that national security planning encompasses the broad welfare of a society, which includes economic and political as well as defense considerations. This broad perspective on national security is evident in many countries. The mechanism driving the strategic materials industry in this regard is the global market economy. Economic growth and prosperity has emerged as a primary goal in our national security strategy. Strategic materials both enhance the growth of our economy and promote national security. Therefore, it is vital to US national security that it maintains a commitment to further and continue development of these strategic materials industries.
ICAF Industry Studies 1998