U.S. BLACK ( Black Hole Programs ) Budget - In Excess of $52 BILLIONSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 13:58
U.S. BLACK ( Black Hole Programs ) Budget - In Excess of $52 BILLION
By Barton Gellman and Greg Miller, Thursday, August 29, 10:02 AM
Funding the intelligence program
The CIA, NSA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) receive more than 68 percent of the black budget. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Program’s (NGP) budget has grown over 100 percent since 2004.
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE
NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
GENERAL DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
SPECIALIZED RECONNAISSANCE PROGRAMS
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOREIGN COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
The top five agencies, by spending
Central Intelligence Agency
Collect, analyze, evaluate, disseminate foreign intelligence and conduct covert operations.
Agency fiscal year budget
since 2004, not inflation-
growth from 2004 to 2013
National Security Agency
Protect the government’s information systems and intercept foreign signals intelligence information.
National Reconnaissance Office
Design, build, and operate the nation’s signals and imagery reconnaissance satellites.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Program
Generate and provide imagery and map-based intelligence, which is used for national security, U.S. military operations, navigation and humanitarian aid efforts.
General Defense Intelligence Program
Provide assessments of foreign military intentions and capabilities to policymakers and military commanders. Conduct human and technical intelligence collection, document and media management.
Four main spending categories
Top secret spending can be divided into four main categories: data collection, data processing and exploitation, data analysis and management, facilities and support. The CIA and NRO are heavy on data collection while the NSA and NGP focus on data processing and exploitation as well as auxiliary functions like management, facilities and support.
DATA COLLECTION EXPENSES
MANAGEMENT, FACILITIES AND SUPPORT
DATA PROCESSING AND EXPLOITATION
Funding five mission objectives
Warning U.S. leaders about critical events
Warn policymakers, military and civilian authorities of threats, such as economic instability, state failure, societal unrest and emergence of regional powers.
Monitor and disrupt violent extremists and suspected terrorist groups that plot to inflict harm to the U.S., its interests and allies.
Stopping spread of illicit weapons
Prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Conducting cyber operations
Prevent cyber intrusions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Defending against foreign espionage
Detect attempts by adversaries to penetrate U.S. government.
Thirty-two types of expenses
There is no specific entry for the CIA’s fleet of armed drones in the budget summary, but a broad line item hints at the dimensions of the agency’s expanded paramilitary role, providing more than $2.5 billion for “covert action programs” that would include drone operations in Pakistan and Yemen, payments to militias in Afghanistan and Africa, and attempts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.