Finding Tracking and Killing Individuals

RQ-170 Sentinel

The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, an unmanned reconnaissance drone, is the most recent aircraft to emerge from the military's "black" budget. Nick Kaloterakis

Every year, tens of billions of Pentagon dollars go missing. The money vanishes not because of fraud, waste or abuse, but because U.S. military planners have appropriated it to secretly develop advanced weapons and fund clandestine operations. Next year, this so-called black budget will be even larger than it was in the Cold War days of1987, when the leading black-budget watchdog, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), began gathering reliable estimates. The current total is staggering: $58 billion—enough to pay for two complete Manhattan Projects.

Where does the money go? Tracking the black budget has always been a challenge. Constantly shifting project names that seem to be randomly generated by computers—Tractor Cage, Tractor Card, Tractor Dirt, Tractor Hike and Tractor Hip are all real examples—make linking dollar amounts to technologies impossible for outsiders. But there are clues.

According to Todd Harrison, an analyst at the CSBA, the allocations for classified operations in the 2011 federal budget include $19.4 billion for research and development across all four branches of the military (funding for the CIA, including its drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is contained within the Defense Department black budget), another $16.9 billion for procurement, and $14.6 billion for “operations and maintenance.” This latter category, Harrison notes, has been expanding quickly. This may suggest that many classified technologies are now moving from the laboratory to the battlefield.
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2 comments to Finding Tracking and Killing Individuals

  • bgstrong

    Sounds to me like Obama & his evil minions have found a way to tap into this "Black" pentagon budget and funnel money away from national defense and into labor union pay-offs & pork barrel democratic projects.

  • I wouldn’t get blue, be blue, or have blue over any of this. We don’t want our enemies or foreign spies knowing what we have. It might freak them out if they knew, I mean really scare the ever-beloving-bejesus out of them. It’s great to promote these conspiracy theories however, because it helps our nation in many regards, So, keep it up, but don’t be AFRAID, be VERY VERY AFRAID, that is if you are an foreign adversary! Ha.

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