It's nearly impossible to find the U.S. flag and "Made in the USA" on things anymore – unless you're prepared to pay considerably more in order to support our own economy.
Buying from China is fine for some things – cheap dishes, a child's toy, that sort of thing.
What's not okay to buy from China is ammunition, especially what the U.S. military needs in order to be able to defend ourselves.
China is not an American ally. And, as they have proven time and again, they don't want to be our ally. So, it's quite problematic that we're nearly fully dependent on them for our ammunition. What happens if they decide they don't want to sell to us anymore?
According to Defense News, the U.S. military is actually dependent on a mineral that is essential to the production of not only ammunition but also other defense products.
The House Armed Services Committee has recently released draft legislation that would require a briefing on the supply of antimony by October along with a five-year outlook on the vulnerabilities within the supply chain.
It's good to see that Congress is ahead of the situation – as opposed to learning about supply chain issues once there is no longer any antimony available – or China refuses to supply it to us.
Antimony is the mineral that is used for armor-piercing bullets, explosives, night-vision goggles, and even nuclear weapons. And unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have such a mine for this mineral.
As Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) explains, "China, in particular, does a remarkably good job in hoarding these materials. China clearly has a comprehensive global strategy to corner the market on these materials and we're behind and we're playing catch-up."