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U.S. spent $75 billion on intelligence agencies in 2012
Between them, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of Defense spent $75 billion on intelligence gathering operations in fiscal 2012.
The two agencies disclosed the appropriation in separate announcements on Oct. 30. The ODNI spent the lion’s share, with an aggregate funding appropriation for Fiscal Year 2012 of $53.9 billion for its National Intelligence Program (NIP). The Department of Defense said its Military Intelligence Program (MIP) appropriated top line budget for fiscal 2012, including the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, was $21.5 billion.
ODNI is a cooperative federation of 16 separate agencies work separately and together to gather foreign and national security intelligence.
ODNI didn’t provide details, saying that information concerning particular intelligence agencies or particular intelligence programs in the NIP wouldn’t be disclosed because of national security concerns.
The Department of Defense was also mum on details, also citing national security concerns.
The spending by both marked a slight decline from previous years. In 2010, appropriations for both was pegged at about $80 billion, dropping to $78 billion in fiscal 2011.
ODNI officials are learning to live with the lower budget levels. “Flat is the new up,” when it comes to budgets, said ODNI’s Stephanie O’Sullivan, principal deputy director of national intelligence at a recent conference in Washington D.C.