from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2013, Issue No. 36
April 11, 2013

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Some $4 billion is being cut from the National Intelligence Program this year as a result of sequestration, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing today. He said that the consequences will be severe. Acquisition programs will be "wounded," ongoing programs will have to be curtailed, and the ensuing degradation of intelligence capabilities will be "insidious" with unforeseeable effects, he said.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed yesterday that the FY 2014 budget request for the National Intelligence Program is $48.2 billion. However, this figure excludes the pending funding request for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), so it cannot be directly compared to previous budget allocations, such as the $53.9 billion that was appropriated in FY 2012, or the $52.6 billion that was requested for FY 2013.

The Secretary of Defense also disclosed the FY 2014 budget request for the Military Intelligence Program yesterday, which was $14.6 billion. It also did not include the funding request for Overseas Contingency Operations. This is a slight decline from the $14.7 billion base request for the MIP last year. (An additional $4.5 billion was known to have been requested for OCO in the past fiscal year.)

Total intelligence spending (NIP plus MIP) peaked in Fiscal Year 2010, and has been on a downward slope since then. Intelligence budget disclosures from the last several years are tabulated here:

The NIP intelligence budget request was publicly disclosed for the first time in February 2011, in response to a requirement enacted by Congress in the FY 2010 intelligence authorization act. The MIP intelligence budget request was disclosed for the first time in February 2012, even though there was no specific statutory requirement to do so.


New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

Foreign Ownership of U.S. Financial Assets: Implications of a Withdrawal, April 8, 2013:

Foreign Investment and National Security: Economic Considerations, April 4, 2013:

Financial Market Supervision: Canada's Perspective, April 4, 2013:

The European Union: Foreign and Security Policy, April 8, 2013:

The Berne Union: An Overview, April 5, 2013:

Japan's Possible Entry Into the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Implications, April 8, 2013:

El Salvador: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations, April 5, 2013:

Latin America: Terrorism Issues, April 5, 2013:

U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Issues for the 113th Congress, March 12, 2013:

Congressional Authority to Regulate Firearms: A Legal Overview, April 5, 2013:

Procedural Analysis of Private Laws Enacted: 1986-2013, April 9, 2013:

U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes, April 8, 2013:

Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Review of Fluoridation and Regulation Issues, April 5, 2013:

State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues, April 5, 2013:


Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

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