Critical Minerals and Rare Earth Element Uses:

Rare earths are 17 elements on the periodic table that are now critical components in most modern technologies and in all directed energy weapons, secure communication systems, alloys for supersonic and hypersonic vehicles, and directional control functions for all precision missile guidance systems.

 

Neodymium iron boron magnets (neo magnets), for example, are the world’s strongest permanent magnets and are found in many devices, from the guidance systems of smart bombs down to everyday computer hard drives.