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Here's A Fantastic Data Visualization Of The US Intelligence Community's 'Black Budget' Spending

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The Washington Post  has been reporting on the U.S. intelligence community's top-secret "black budget" after obtaining it from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The information has revealed insights about the CIA, the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and the uneasy relationship between America and Pakistan.

Martin Grandjean has an created an overall visualization of the data, which reveals the funding of the U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Martin Grandjean

Grandjean noted the five agencies that receive the most funding: CIA (28%), NSA (21%), National Reconnaissance Office (20%), National Geospatial-Intelligence Program (9%) , and General Defense Intelligence Program (8%).

And there are four main categories of how money is spent:

“Data collection” involves gathering raw information, surveillance, satellites, human intelligences, etc. that are then exploited and analyzed. And "Management" handles these tasks.

Here's a closer look:


Martin Grandjean

Check out the breakdown at the Washington Post >

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