The Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act calls for the establishment of a National Defense Stockpile (NDS) and requires biennial
reports to Congress on stockpile requirements and recommendations. IDA assists the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in determining these
requirements. IDA has developed an analytical process, the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Framework for Strategic Materials (RAMFSM),
to identify potential shortfalls of critical materials and assess mitigation strategies. Identification of the likely number and severity of
shortfalls – “Step 2” of RAMF-SM – is accomplished using a suite of models and data. This summary provides an overview of the various
Step 2 components. It can be used as a guide for verification or reproduction of the 2015 NDS “Base Case” (i.e., national security emergency planning scenario) Step 2 run.