A fundamental shift in thinking has occurred concerning the strategic and advanced materials industry in the United States. Historically, our concerns, policies, and programs were directed at items that were critical in a national emergency and difficult to supply. With the end of the Cold War and the increased globalization of national economies, a broader concept of strategic and advanced materials has emerged. The new perspective recognizes that national security planning encompasses the general welfare of a society, which includes economic and political considerations in addition to military considerations. This broader perspective on national security is evident in many countries. However, because each country has a different state of economic and political development, the role of the strategic and advanced materials industry in cach country is different.
ICAF Industry Studies 1997