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Friday, August 30, 2013

"The Black Budget"

Our chapter on foreign policy and national security discusses the intelligence community.  Via Edward Snowden, The Washington Post has obtained data on "the black budget" -- the breakdown of spending by the community.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former ­intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.
Graphic summary here.