FY2018 Intelligence Funding Levels Released

Intelligence spending in the U.S. is a combination of the National Intelligence Program (NIP) and the Military Intelligence Program (MIP). The NIP supports strategic planning and policymaking and is comprised of four defense NIP programs and eight nondefense NIP programs. The MIP supports military operational and tactical levels of planning and operations and is comprised of 10 MIP programs. Six U.S. intelligence community (IC) components have both MIP and NIP funding sources.

While the Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) do not publicly detail how they spend the billions they are appropriated each year for intelligence, they do release two figures each year: how much they requested and how much Congress approved.

This week the Pentagon announced that the FY18 appropriations for the MIP (including Overseas Contingency Operations funding) was $22.1B, an increase of 20% over the FY17 funding level of $18.4B. The administration had requested $20.7B for FY18.

The ODNI said that the NIP budget for FY18 was $59.4B, up 8.7% from the FY17 funding level of $54.6B. The administration had requested $57.7B for FY18.

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