Defense News

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Intel Estimates to Be More Restricted

After years of trying to keep under wraps the amount of money the U.S. government spends on intelligence collection and analysis, the Director of National Intelligence was forced to reveal the budget figure this year. In 2007, the U.S. intelligence community budget was $43.5 billion.

This marks tremendous growth over the past decade, driven largely by counterterrorism efforts and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The intelligence budget stood at $26.7 billion when it was last disclosed publicly in 1998. On an inflation-adjusted basis, the increase in spending over the past decade is about 27 percent...Full Article.

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