Congo Kinshasa - Foreign Relations and Military

Foreign Relations and Military

See also: Foreign relations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The global growth in demand for scarce raw materials and the industrial surges in China, India, Russia, Brazil and other developing countries require that developed countries employ new, integrated and responsive strategies for identifying and ensuring, on a continual basis, an adequate supply of strategic and critical materials required for their security needs. Highlighting the DR Congo's importance to United States national security, the effort to establish an elite Congolese unit is the latest push by the U.S. to professionalize armed forces in this strategically important region.

There are economic and strategic incentives to bringing more security to the Congo, which is rich in natural resources such as cobalt. Cobalt is a strategic and critical metal used in many diverse industrial and military applications. The largest use of cobalt is in superalloys, which are used to make jet engine parts. Cobalt is also used in magnetic alloys and in cutting and wear-resistant materials such as cemented carbides. The chemical industry consumes significant quantities of cobalt in a variety of applications including catalysts for petroleum and chemical processing; drying agents for paints and inks; ground coats for porcelain enamels; decolourisers for ceramics and glass; and pigments for ceramics, paints, and plastics. The country contains 80% of the world's cobalt reserves.

Read more about this topic:  Congo Kinshasa

Other articles related to "foreign relations and military, military, foreign":

Crime In Uganda - Government and Politics - Foreign Relations and Military
... This section requires expansion In Uganda, the Uganda People's Defence Force serves as the military ... The number of military personnel in Uganda has an estimated 45,000 soldiers on active duty ... celebrities and legislatures to request foreign intervention to strengthen their military and remove Joseph Kony ...

Famous quotes containing the words military, foreign and/or relations:

    I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
    Andrew Jackson (1767–1845)

    The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
    Willa Cather (1876–1947)

    Consciousness, we shall find, is reducible to relations between objects, and objects we shall find to be reducible to relations between different states of consciousness; and neither point of view is more nearly ultimate than the other.
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)