Total US intelligence budget revealed for the first time
September 18, 2009 3 Comments
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
The US Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, has revealed the total amount of America’s military and civilian intelligence budget for the first time in history. Blair, who oversees all 16 American intelligence agencies, said the country’s intelligence program costs $75 billion annually. This number includes funds for military intelligence agencies, which have previously been classified. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Blair argued that the “old distinction between military and non-military intelligence is no longer relevant”. The DNI was referring to the traditional budgetary distinction between the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) and the National (civilian) Intelligence Program (NIP), which make up the US intelligence budget. The $75 billion goes to fund all of the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, which are thought to employ 200,000 people, although nobody is certain about the exact number. Last time the total amount of civilian and military intelligence budget became public was in 1994, when the number was mistakenly published in a congressional report. Back then, it totaled just short of $26 billion.