Intelligence operations carry $80B price tag

Topline budget released for first time

Long considered a national security secret, spending on military and civilian intelligence operations has been revealed to have reached $80.1 billion.

The National Intelligence Program, which includes the CIA and other intelligence agencies that report to the Director of National Intelligence, spent $53.1 billion in fiscal 2010. The Military Intelligence Program spent $27 billion.


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In announcing the military spending, the Defense Department said the figure included the base budget and supplemental appropriations. The release does not “jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP,” the two-paragraph release states.

Other figures would not be released, DOD said.

The figures reveal that intelligence spending rose by 7 percent in fiscal 2010, according to the Washington Post.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.) vowed to cut the budget in the next Congress.

“The intelligence budget has doubled since 2001, with huge growth in personnel, facilities and operations costs,” Feinstein said in a statement. “Given the nation’s financial situation, it is my view that the intelligence budget needs to be carefully reviewed and that cuts will be necessary.”

Feinstein is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Mon, Nov 1, 2010

Maybe cutting the number of duplicative and overlapping agencies would be a good place to start? Never did understand why we needed that new umbrella agency under the 'Director of National Intelligence'. Last time I read the CIA charter, that was what THEY were created for. What we need is a Congress and POTUS that do their jobs and actually manage the intel community, instead of bowing to whatever the spooks tell them.

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