Originally posted by SquirrelNutz
reply to post by Bedlam
Wow, that was a mouthful.
In short, you're saying that they're hiding it right in front of our faces(?).
Well, there's just a number of ways that happens.
One is the non-line-item budget. Then you have line item budget for which the line item is a project number, but no description.
There's also other ways to do it which are used a lot. If it's below a certain amount, which is about $100K, a full bird or better can handwave it
on his own recognizance by sticking it into the unsolicited SBIR slush fund. We've done a number of small jobs, or the assessment stages of jobs that
were very classified and were stuck into NSBIR. Presto-changeo, have 100K.
There is another funding technique called "other funding", I'm not sure where the bucks for that come from, but you can stroke out a sizable chunk
of coin to that one. I think the biggest other funding I've seen was about 32 million and went to PhantomWorks to test their wideband radar
inviso-cloak back in what, 2004? Development for that's been going on for quite a while before you heard about it in the MSM.
Yet another way that I've been paid is to fund science foundations and let them obscure the payout. NSF does this at times, but you will also see
some university educational or research foundations that are nothing but shells for someone. Ah, for instance, there is one I used to get paid out of
when I first ETS'd and had gotten an endorsement from the Captain to do work for these guys as a civilian. So I got a call one day from let's call
it the "Foundation for Aquatic Technology", and they were wanting to stroke me some major coin for doing sort of what I had been doing in the Army,
only without being shot at and about 10x the pay rate. Since I was going to school, dead broke and newly married, and we were eating the green meat
from the discount bin at Piggly Wiggly, it was hard to say 'no' to a job where you brought home about 50K for the summer after taxes, even if the
work was a bit odd.
The fun part was when I went for the interview at "FAT", instead of geeks, it was actually staffed by guys there in Tampa, and the same ones I had
just been working for in the Army, too, just a bit higher up the food chain. Sort of. The whole thing was a front.
"FAT" is still there, they recently bought a Able series data mining operation that doesn't show up on the books, maybe five years back. The money
goes in for 'research', a paper is produced, the money goes elsewhere, everyone's happy.
[edit on 11-7-2010 by Bedlam]