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... Moreover, the only domestic producer of metal beryllium has closed its primary metal production plant because of obsolescence. Therefore, the committee directs that the DOD conduct an in-depth study of the beryllium supply issue and make recommendations regarding how future access to beryllium could be assured." Section 824 of the 2004 National Defense Authorization Action directed the Secretary of Defense to submit a report by March 31, 2005 providing information on the following: • The long-term supply of beryllium, • The need for modernization of the primary sources of production of beryllium, • Concepts for meeting the future defense requirements for beryllium, and • Plans for maintaining a stable domestic industrial base of sources of beryllium through cooperative public-private partnerships, administration of the National Defense Stockpile, and other means.
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... The Report recommended that the DoD begin a multi-year cost share program with private industry, possibly through the Defense Production Act, to support design, construction, and equipping of a new beryllium metal production facility. The Report recommended DoD funding of $30 to $45 million.

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