The Office of the Director of Intelligence's PowerPoint presentation has been up and down, on and off the Defense Intelligence site all day. One time it did reappear with new document properties, indicating that it had been saved again today. Last report it was down again. It almost seems like someone has been nervous about something...
This is a further clue that I'm right, that the total Intelligence Community
budget is $60 billion. Otherwise the contractor dollars do not make sense
and no one would care if junk data were posted on their site.
Because of the on-again-off-again PowerPoint on the DIA site, the Federation of American Scientists has posted a copy on their website:
And a warm thanks to them for always doing more than their part, contributing to openness in government.
I have had some interesting discussions today regarding the budget and how this contractor data would fit into known budget numbers from the rare previous releases. Simply dividing the "known" intel budget from FY 97 by the number of dollars spent on contractors according to the PowerPoint spreadsheet, it would appear that the amount spent on contractors has been constant over the past decade. This would raise serious concerns about the data, given that all appearances are that the numbers have increased dramatically.
However, I think this is an apples and oranges comparison. The numbers we have for the budget a decade ago were limited to what came under the DCI which would have left out a lot of things that are now included such as a sizable chunk of NSA, the NRO, military intel, Homeland Security, etc. The numbers the DNI now has are computed for the entire Intel Community and pick up many streams that would not have been part of contracting in that reported budget. The two can't be compared, but rather we would need revised figures for the entire IC to see the percentage of contractors. Since those numbers would be much higher than we have now--i.e. higher than what DCI Tenet released in the late 1990s, because they include other parts of the IC, --the percentage of contracting would be much smaller and we would see the growth that we all know has to be there.
The key to all of this is the DNI's mandate to get a handle on Intelligence Community-wide spending and their new IRIS system.
It's $60 billion. And arriving at this number is what makes them nervous.
And now it looks like it's down permanently:
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