Intelligence Spending and Appropriations: Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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It is now publicly acknowledged that intelligence appropriations are a significant component of the federal budget, over 78 billion in FY2012 for both the national and military intelligence programs. Limited publicly available data suggests intelligence spending, measured in constant 2014 dollars, has roughly doubled since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and, before declines over the last three years, was almost double spending at its peak at the end of the cold war. The recent disclosure by the Washington Post of details from the Administration s FY2013 National Intelligence Program NIP budget request may spark further debate about intelligence spending. In the new era of fiscal austerity, the intelligence community will almost certainly face its share of budget cuts and it is likely that Members of Congress will review intelligence programs to ensure they are both effective and affordable.
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