WASHINGTON — The annual cost of US intelligence was made public for the first time on Thursday and the results show that it stands at just over $80 billion for 2010.
Figures released by the government show $27 billion goes to military intelligence and $53.1 billion covers the CIA and some of the other 16 intelligence agencies.
Steven Aftergood, a secrecy specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, says it is "the most complete disclosure we have ever had."
The $80 billion exceeds the $51 billion spent on the State Department and foreign aid programs in 2010. But it's only a tenth of the $814 billion economic stimulus program passed by Congress last year.