BIL­LIONS RE­QUESTED FOR IN­TEL­LI­GENCE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased fig­ures for re­quested U.S. in­tel­li­gence spend­ing, both civil­ian and mil­i­tary, for the fis­cal year 2019 that be­gins Oct. 1. From the fig­ures, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pears to be seek­ing to boost in­tel­li­gence ca­pa­bil­i­ties in ad­di­tion to U.S. mil­i­tary might.

The Pen­tagon wants $21.2 bil­lion and civil­ian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies are ask­ing for a whop­ping $59.9 bil­lion. The to­tal re­quest of $81.1 bil­lion, an enor­mous amount of money that is mostly spent in se­cret, is 3.4 per­cent higher than last year’s re­quest of $78.4 bil­lion.

No de­tails on how the money will be spent were made public in the an­nounce­ments by the Pen­tagon and di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence on the bud­get top lines. But both fund­ing re­quests in­clude money for “over­seas con­tin­gency op­er­a­tions,” jar­gon for se­cret in­tel­li­gence and se­cret mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, mainly coun­tert­er­ror­ism.

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