U.S. Spy Budget: $75 Billion (and 200,000 Employees)

Friday, September 18, 2009

For the first time ever, the nation’s top intelligence official has publicly admitted just how much America’s spy operation costs: $75 billion. This amount is considerably more than what Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the nation was spending six months ago ($45 billion). The difference this time is that Blair decided to disclose the total of all intelligence gathering, both civilian and military, which no federal official had ever done before.

Based on this new disclosure, experts figure the government is spending $45 billion annually on civilian intelligence operations and $30 on military spying, with the two employing a combined 200,000 people. The $75 billion expenditure represents a near tripling of what the government spent on all intelligence programs in 1994, which then was estimated at $26 billion.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
DNI Announces $75 Billion Intelligence Budget (by Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News)


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