As u saw in an earlier post, there was nothing in the President's visible printed budget for REE and other critical metals. As a retired AF Lt Col who spent 13 years on gov't contracts worth billions and 7 years as an intelligence briefer to all the active duty AF generals at one point, I often saw "on the black side" money buried in the Dept of AGriculture budget to cover both DOD secret projects as well as CIA funding. I expect the DLA stockpile money is hidden there. The reason that I mention it is because the last article I posted indicated that the White HOUSE left the stockpile unfunded; and it recently occured to me that the amount of the appropriation is absolutely NOT something DOD would want the Chinese to know. So this article contradicts the prior one;but my opinion is that this one is more likely to be current US policy.