US Spends More On Intelligence And Military Operations Than Everything Else Put Together.
Last week the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the Department of Defense published the intelligence budget request figures for 2018. A budget totaling $639.1 billion was proposed by the DoD, with nearly $80 billion of that earmarked for the various National and Military Intelligence Programs.
The National Intelligence Program (NIP) funds Intelligence Community activities in six Federal Departments and two independent agencies:
- Department of Defense
- Department of Justice
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
- Department of Energy
- Department of Treasury
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence
DNI Releases Budget Figure for FY 2018 Appropriations Requested for the National Intelligence Program | 2018
The aggregate amount of appropriations requested for the FY 2018 National Intelligence Program is $57.7 billion, which includes funding requested to support Overseas Contingency Operations.
Any and all subsidiary information concerning the NIP budget, whether the information concerns particular intelligence agencies or particular intelligence programs, will not be disclosed. Beyond the disclosure of the NIP top-line figure, there will be no other disclosures of currently classified NIP budget information because such disclosures could harm national security. The only exceptions to the foregoing are for unclassified appropriations, such as for the Intelligence Community Management Account.
Intelligence budget requests | 2005 - 2018
|Year||National Intelligence||Military Intelligence||Total|
|2018||$57.7 billion||$20.7 Billion||$78.4 billion|
|2017||$54.9 billion||$18.5 billion||$73.4 billion|
|2016||$53.0 billion||$17.7 Billion||$70.7 billion|
|2015||$50.3 billion||$16.5 billion||$66.8 billion|
|2014||$57.7 billion||$20.7 Billion||$67.9 billion|
|2013||$52.7 billion||$19.2 billion||$71.9 billion|
|2012||$53.9 billion||$21.5 billion||$75.4 billion|
|2011||$54.6 billion||$24.0 billion||$78.6 billion|
|2010||$53.1 billion||$27.0 billion||$80.1 billion|
|2009||$49.8 billion||$26.4 billion||$76.2 billion|
|2008||$47.5 billion||$22.9 billion||$70.4 billion|
|2007||$43.5 billion||$20.0 billion||$63.5 billion|
|2006||$40.9 billion||$40.9 billion|
|2005||$39.8 billion||$39.8 billion|
The IC performs under two separate programs
The National Intelligence Program (NIP) refers to all programs, projects, and activities of the intelligence community, as well as any other programs of the intelligence community designated jointly by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the head of a United States department or agency or by the President.
The Military Intelligence Program (MIP) refers to the programs, projects, or activities of the military departments to acquire intelligence solely for the planning and conduct of tactical military operations by United States Armed Forces.
Ironically after asking for more money the budget report outlines how to save money by 'focusing on programs that have the most important impact'. These include:
Sustains key investments to strengthen intelligence collection and critical operational capabilities supporting counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and counterproliferation.
Protects the IC’s core mission areas and maintains global coverage to remain vigilant against emerging threats.
Promotes increased intelligence sharing and advances IC integration through continued investment in enterprise wide capabilities and use of cloud technology to facilitate greater efficiency and improve the safeguarding of information across the intelligence information environment.
Identifies resources for strategic priorities, including advanced technology to improve strategic warning, enhance collection and exploitation capabilities, and increase resiliency.
Supports ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations while adjusting to the changing defense force posture as directed by the President.
Achieves savings by reducing lower priority programs.
Today President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed budget request of $639.1 billion, $574.5 billion in the base budget and $64.6 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget. This budget request is $52 billion above the defense budget cap in the Budget and Control Act (BCA) of 2011. This funding is required to continue to rebuild warfighting readiness and will restore program balance by fixing the holes created by previous budget cuts. Since enactment of the BCA, the world has become more dangerous.
The total budget request from the DoD was just under the whole of United Arab Emirates GDP, with the total budget for the National Intelligence Program being greater than Uruguay's national GDP. Some would say this is out of control.
I'll leave you with scary infographic.