Principal investigators from each institution include Professor Joshua Busby, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas, Austin; Professor Emily Holland, U.S. Naval War College; and Professors Morgan Bazilian and Mark Deinert, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines. The project aims to ask more foundational social science questions because of the current U.S. efforts to diversify its supply chains for these materials. “One hundred years ago, manufacturing and defense relied on a dozen or so materials,” said Mark Deinert, a Payne Institute fellow and associate professor of mechanical engineering at Mines. “Now, much of the entire periodic table comes into play with countries working quickly to ensure their access to key resources.” Link here to read the full article.