U.S. military's increasing reliance on weapons made from rare earth metals is another justification for ratifying UNCLOS
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The United States needs to invest in off-shore drilling for its national defense: "The U.S. requires an incredible number of military products for which rare earth minerals [which are found in abundance in the seabed] are essential.” In the past, military products were manufactured in the United States. Today, a "tremendous number of our bullets are manufactured in China ... meaning that if we find ourselves cross-wise with the Chinese, they can cut off our supply of bullets. It is a matter of national security that the United States be self-reliant on ammunition for its weapons." The United States needs to accede to UNCLOS to give companies the security to invest in offshore drilling, in order to be able to manufacture bullets independently from its own supply of rare minerals.
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