Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and CIA Director David Petraeus, right, appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
The federal government spent $75.4 billion on intelligence programs last year — down from $78.6 billion in the previous year — the government said Tuesday.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the 2012 budget for the non-Defense National Intelligence Program was $53.9 billion. And the Defense Department said its Military Intelligence Program cost $21.5 billion last year.
The Defense intelligence budget dipped 10 percent from fiscal 2011, when it was $24 billion. But non-Defense intelligence spending was only about 1 percent less than its $54.6 billion 2011 budget.
The Obama administration requested $55 billion for non-Defense intelligence programs in 2012. The Pentagon did not release its 2012 budget request for intelligence operations.
The Defense intelligence budget includes the cost of intelligence operations in Afghanistan and other locations, known as Overseas Contingency Operations.