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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Budget 2012: CIA/Intelligence agencies

By Greg Miller

The Obama administration disclosed Monday that its fiscal 2012 budget proposal includes a request for $55 billion for the CIA and other civilian intelligence services, marking the first time that the amount of money being sought for U.S. spy agencies has been disclosed.

The number represents a 4 percent increase over the $53.1 billion that the government spent on intelligence gathering in fiscal 2010. (The fiscal 2011 figure is not available for comparison because it will not be disclosed until the end of the fiscal year.)

Though modest, the increase is notable at a time when senior U.S. intelligence officials have signaled that they were bracing for possible cuts.

"We, I think, all understand that we're going to be in for some belt-tightening," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last week. He added that given "the funding that we have been given over the last 10 years since 9/11, that's probably appropriate."

Budgets for U.S. spy agencies have more than doubled in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. A major factor has been the creation of new entities, including the DNI office itself. Critics contend the office has swelled well beyond the scope envisioned when the office was created by intelligence reform legislation in 2004.

Clapper signaled that he intends to shrink the office for the first time, testifying that he will "reduce or eliminate functions not required by law or executive order." He did not elaborate. U.S. officials said Clapper is also considering spinning off agencies that fall under the DNI structure but operate independently, including the National Counterterrorism Center.

The civilian spy budget accounts for most, but not all, that the government spends on intelligence gathering and analysis. In 2010, an additional $27 billion was spent on military intelligence programs, most of which support soldiers in the battle zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The administration did not disclose its 2012 military intelligence request, and details on spy spending remain hidden in classified accounts.

By Greg Miller  | February 14, 2011; 5:22 PM ET
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I wish the media would take the time and compile the TOTAL military spending and STOP using the DOD figure as the defense spending figure. DOD's ~ $770 B in spending is about 50% of the real TOTAL MILITARY SPENDING.

The public needs to see and understand that about 50% of the Federal government is military spending....and that is the item that has been constantly increased over the years while tax revenues have been declining. Military spending is creating the budget deficit.....not the poor.

Posted by: go2goal | February 15, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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