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Obama seeks 9% cut in 2013 intel budget from 2011

Feb. 14, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies Jan. 31 before the US Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies Jan. 31 before the US Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C. (Karen Bleier / AFP via Getty Images)

The federal government plans to spend $71.8 billion on intelligence programs in fiscal 2013, which would be a 9 percent decline from fiscal 2011.

The proposed budget includes $19.2 billion for the Defense Department's military intelligence program and $52.6 billion for the non-Defense National Intelligence Program.

The National Intelligence Program's budget would be down from $54.6 billion spent in fiscal 2011. The Obama administration requested $55 billion for fiscal 2012, but the amount eventually appropriated has not been released. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will likely release the final 2012 figure sometime in October.

This marks the first time Defense has released its upcoming budget request for the military intelligence program. It spent $27 billion in fiscal 2010 and $24 billion in fiscal 2011. Fiscal 2012 numbers are unavailable.

The Pentagon and ODNI said they would not release further details on their intelligence budgets for national security reasons.

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