Additive Manufacturing, ExchangeSpring Magnetism, Extractive Metallurgy, Generator, Material Processing, Mining, Motor, Rare Earth Element REE, Rare Earth Materials REM, Rare Earth Permanent Magnet, Rare Earth Separation, Recycling, REO
As recommended by the former NATO Chief Scientist, the current CSO Director and the Dep Assistant Secretary General, this ET will explore potential S&T approaches and collaborations between scientists from NATO and non-NATO nations that would ultimately reduce or possibly eliminate NATO’s dependency on REMs which are a vital ingredient of nearly every advanced weapon system. The scope of the scientific objectives will include RE-free and RE-lean component designs; geology and mineral resource development; mining, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy; separation techniques; metal and alloy production; recycling and re-manufacturing. The specific objective of the ET is to explore every step of the supply chain and then prioritize the relevant S&T approaches based on greatest potential impact.
A deliverable (NU) of this ET will be a Report Out of recommendations on which of the collaborations to pursue along with defined approaches and expected goals of such collaborations (Identified in Section VI). A second less comprehensive deliverable will be “Releasable to the Public” for non NATO nations. This ET will provide TAPs for any recommended follow-on activities.