Rapid Fire April 10, 2012: Not So Rare Earths
- Concerns about China’s ability to disrupt electronics and defense manufacturing by withholding rare earth materials are blowing over thanks to a ramp up in domestic production. See also this CRS report [PDF].
- The US closed its military bases in the Philippines two decades ago but, like in the case of Vietnam, China is working hard to get America and its former colony to revisit their bilateral relationship. The Hill on the USMC’s presence | Latest CRS report [PDF].
- The Pentagon intends to fast-track cyberweapon procurement.