The annual cost of US intelligence has been made public for the first time and it shows that the overall spending this year has surpassed $80 billion.
Figures released by the government on Thursday demonstrate that $27 billion goes to military intelligence and $53.1 billion covers the CIA and some of the other 16 intelligence agencies, reported AFP.
Official documents have shown that in 2007 spending was $43.5 billion and as such spending on intelligence has almost doubled since then.
Steven Aftergood, a secrecy specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, says it is “the most complete disclosure we have ever had.”
The new Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during his Senate confirmation hearing that it was time to tell the American public the overall cost of intelligence.