The Washington Post has been reporting on the U.S. intelligence community’s top-secret “black budget” after obtaining it from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Martin Grandjean has an created an overall visualisation of the data, which reveals the funding of the U.S. intelligence agencies.
Grandjean noted the five agencies that receive the most funding: CIA (28%), NSA (21%), National Reconnaissance Office (20%), National Geospatial-Intelligence Program (9%)
, and General Defence Intelligence Program (8%).
And there are four main categories of how money is spent:
“Data collection” involves gathering raw information, surveillance, satellites, human intelligences, etc. that are then exploited and analysed. And “Management” handles these tasks.
Here’s a closer look:
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