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According to veteran black-budget watcher and secret-plane journalist Bill Sweetman, editor of Defense Technology International, the planned black budget for fiscal year 2010 is just over $50bn. That's about £33bn at current rates, a bit less than the total UK defence budget - but only a bit.
Some is obviously necessary but has it gone too far?
Originally posted by TheAssociate
Is there reason to be paranoid? Yes, paranoia is like condoms and guns: it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Originally posted by mattifikation
Why does the article's headline claim the black budget is the second biggest military, then when it gives the detailed listing it comes in fourth?
And indeed there's probably more secret US military funding than this. The US government declines to disclose exactly what the CIA's budget is, but both the Agency and other non-military spooks do get money of their own. Some of this is spent on military or quasi-military activities: for example the CIA were heavily involved in development of the famous SR-71 "Blackbird" turbo-ramjet spy plane back in the Cold War, and it was sometimes flown by CIA pilots