Hudson report warns of dependency on China for batteries powering unmanned systems

By Audrey Decker / October 15, 2021 at 12:20 PM
The military services’ push for more unmanned systems is dependent on the power supplied by batteries, a supply chain almost completed controlled by China. A recent report from the Hudson Institute states it is “vitally important” for policymakers to prevent energy dependence on China for lithium-ion batteries that will power the future of warfare. “DOD must transition toward energy sources which can operate independently of legacy energy supply chains,” according to the report. China controls the battery supply chain and...

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