Leaked documents clarify classified IT spending

Funding for clandestine activities is considerably higher than previously thought, documents reveal.

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Classified IT spending appears to be significantly higher than has been indicated in recent budget requests, according to documents disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and published in the Washington Post.

President Barack Obama's budget request for 2014 included at least $5.4 billion in classified IT spending. This is the difference between the overall $39.6 billion request for Defense Department IT funds, and the $34.1 billion request published in the summary on the IT Dashboard maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.

On the leaked classified budget documents covering 2013, the leading intelligence agencies received $4.7 billion for enterprise IT expenditures. But a tally of mission-related classified IT spending exploded that figure to more than $8 billion. (See table below.)

(The comparison between 2013 allocations and the 2014 request is relevant because government-wide, IT spending is largely flat.)

Outside of enterprise spending, the big buckets for intelligence community IT money are computer network operations and cryptanalytic IT at the National Security Agency, at $1 billion and $247 million respectively. Computer network operations at the Central Intelligence Agency cost $685 million.

This tally doesn't include categories of spending that have IT components, including telecommunications intercept infrastructure, drone aircraft and other surveillance technology.

 

Mission-related classified IT spending, 2013

Agency Program Amount (millions) Totals
CIA
Analysis Mission Enabling IT $252
Computer Network Operation $685
CounterIntel IT $2
Enterprise IT $529
Humint Mission Enabling IT $814
Humint Technical Tools Mission IT $6
Mission Management Mission IT $4
Open Source Mission IT $121
Subtotal $2,413
General Defense Intelligence
Enterprise IT $833
Humint Enabling Mission IT $9
Open Source Mission IT $17
R&D IT Technology Insertion $12
Subtotal $871
NSA
Computer Network Operation $1,024
Cryptanalytic IT $247
Enterprise IT $1,600
Subtotal $2,871
Community Management Account
Enterprise IT $168
Subtotal $168
DOD Foreign CounterIntel
Enterprise IT $16
Subtotal $16
DHS
Enterprise IT $16
Subtotal $16
Justice (Classified)
Enterprise IT $40
Subtotal $40
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Enterprise IT $1,000
Subtotal $1,000
National Reconaissance Organization
Enterprise IT $536
Subtotal $536
ODNI
Enterprise IT $168
Subtotal $168
State
Enterprise IT $13
Subtotal $13
Treasury
Enterprise IT $5
Subtotal $5
TOTAL $8,118

 

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