Specialty Metal Provision and the Berry Amendment

Specialty Metal Provision and the Berry Amendment

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In order to protect the U.S. industrial base during periods of adversity and war, Congress passed a set of domestic source restrictions which became known as the Berry Amend. Specialty metal (SM) represented one of 14 items previously covered under the Berry Amend. The range of SM include steel, metal alloys, titanium and titanium alloys, and zirconium and zirconium base alloys. Thousands of products used for defense, aerospace, auto, and renewable energy technologies rely on SM for which there are often few, if any, substitutes. Contents of this report: Definition of SM; SM and Rare Earth Metals; History of Revisions to Existing SM Rules; Annual Industrial Capabilities Report; Strategic Materials Protection Board. A print on demand pub.109-452 stated that allowing foreign contractors to purchase specialty metal, from any source, not only would defeat the intent of the Berry Amendment, but also create a grave risk to national security. The report noted that the committee wasanbsp;...

Title:Specialty Metal Provision and the Berry Amendment
Author:Valerie Bailey Grasso
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2011-05-01


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