James C. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy is an internationally recognized expert on the economic, national security and geopolitical ramifications of China’s rare earth monopoly and thorium nuclear energy systems.
ThREE Consulting provides consulting services related to rare earths and thorium within the U.S. regulatory environment.
Currently: Consultant to the U.S. Government, financial, mining and energy industry on strategic issues related to rare earths and thorium within the U.S. regulatory environment.
Mr. Kennedy is the leading
advocate for the development of a fully integrated rare earth value chain inside the U.S through the
creation and development of a Centralized Rare Earth Refinery. Mr. Kennedy is also a leading advocate
for the rationalize thorium regulations and energy policy within the U.S.
Mr. Kennedy works with other interested parties on passing federal legislation to end China’s rare earth
monopoly and initiate the commercial development of thorium energy systems in the United States. Mr.
Kennedy has worked with the U.S. Congress, advised the current Administration and Pentagon on rare
earth issues and thorium energy issues.
Ongoing: Legislative contributions include ongoing work with the current Congress, Senate bill S. 2006 and House bill H.R. 4883 in the 113th Congress, and bills, amendments and legislative input into various rare earth and energy bills as far back as the 111th Congress.
Public Policy: consulting, advisory, policy and legislative issues with the following entities:
United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – Thorium and Rare Earths
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – Rare Earth & Thorium Energy
The United States House & Senate Armed Services Leadership & Committee Briefings
The United States House & Senate – Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Lead Seminar on Rare Earths and Thorium
Department of Energy - Rare Earths and high efficiency lighting
Department of Defense – Rare Earth supply and value chains
Pentagon Assistant Sec. of Defense & Asian Policy – Energy & Rare Earth Security Threats
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) - Technology Transfer and National Security Threats
The Government Accounting Office – U.S. supply and value chain
The United States Geological Survey – U.S. supply chains and available resources
Senate Bill S. 2006 and House Bill HR 4883 in the 113th Congress
Senate Amendment to the NDAA in the 113th Congress
The United States Senate – Legislative contributions to Bills in the 111th and 112th congress
Speaking and consulting services: industry, university and materials science speaking / presentations:
Google's Energy Conference (2010)
Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Conference (SMR 2011)
Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME Speaker 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Thorium Energy Alliance Conferences (TEA, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
International Uranium Energy Conference (2013)
International Nuclear Accelerator Conference, Virginia (2014)
Numerous Universities across the U.S.
Consulting, engineering and advisory to top financial institutions & mining industry in the U.S. and abroad.
Rare Earth Industry – Technological, Economic and Environmental Implications
2015: Elsevier, Chapter 3, Pages 37 – 55.
Creating a multi-national development platform: Thorium energy and rare earth value chain,
United Nations IAEA paper from the 2014 URAM Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Previous Experience: As owner of the Pea Ridge Iron Ore mine, Mr. Kennedy fully developed the mining engineering plan and process facilities for the iron ore mine before selling off the iron ore portion of the mine, now in development. Mr. Kennedy has controlling ownership of ThREE M3, which retains all non-iron ore resources related to the Pea Ridge deposit.
Mr. Kennedy spent 15 years in the financial industry as a financial analyst and
then Portfolio Manager for small capitalization equities.
Education: Mr. Kennedy has an MA in Political Economics and Public Policy (1993) and a BSBA (1989)
from Washington University, St. Louis
Mr. Kennedy worked on legislation with Senator Bond in the 111th Congress that would promote a Domestic Rare Earth Cooperative that would accept Thorium bearding rare earth concentrates. Read more.
“Mr. Kennedy and John Kutsch, with the Thorium Energy Alliance, were asked to hand deliver a letter to Members of the House and Senate Energy Committee regarding the new energy and geopolitical crisis developing from within China. Kachan is an international consulting firm Katchum.”
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