Cindy Hurst is an analyst with the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. She is the author of over two dozen major studies and articles, including: China’s Rare Earth Elements Industry: What Can the West Learn,China’s Ace in the Hole: Rare Earth Elements, and Common Misconceptions of Rare Earth Elements. Ms. Hurst is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Japan has been dealt a number of blows over the past few years which have put the country’s high-tech production capacity at risk. Most recently the massive earthquake and subsequent