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Soldier-Portable Battery Supply

Soldier-Portable Battery Supply: Foreign Dependence and Policy Options

Richard Silberglitt
James T. Bartis
Kyle Brady
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 24
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    Soldier-Portable Battery Supply
    Book Description:

    Batteries are a ubiquitous presence in equipment carried by soldiers. These batteries are acquired through a supply chain driven by commercial applications and predominately based in Asia. RAND found that government and industry representatives of military battery suppliers have concerns associated with this foreign-dependent supply chain. The report discusses alternative policy options to address these concerns.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8602-0
    Subjects: Management & Organizational Behavior, Technology

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  1. Soldier-Portable Battery Supply Foreign Dependence and Policy Options
    (pp. 1-24)
    Richard Silberglitt, James T. Bartis and Kyle Brady

    While batteries are crucial for military operations, their development and manufacture is primarily driven by the much greater civilian demand, especially for hand-held and portable electronic applications such as mobile phones, laptop computers, and, most recently, tablet computers. For consumer electronics, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries now dominate the market due to their ability to store large amounts of energy per unit weight and per unit volume, as compared to all other commercial options. Just as Asia is the source of manufacture of most consumer hand-held and portable electronic applications, it is also the center of manufacture for the associated batteries and...