The Department of Defense this week released a redacted version of the budget justification for the FY 2010 Military Intelligence Program (MIP).
“The MIP sustains all programs, projects or activities that support the Secretary of Defense intelligence, counterintelligence, and related intelligence responsibilities and provides capabilities to meet the warfighters’ operational and tactical requirements whenever and wherever needed,” the document states.
The MIP budget justification for FY 2010, which was submitted to Congress in 2009, presents dozens of individual military intelligence programs. While budget figures have been censored, along with various other classified matters, the summary descriptions of most of the individual MIP programs were released more or less intact.
The document (large pdf) was provided to the Federation of American Scientists in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
“In the last several years, we have embarked on a fundamental change to the concept of defense intelligence – one that balances the unique role of support to the warfighter with the recognition that today’s security environment crosses traditional organizational domains,” the budget document says.
“The deep integration of defense intelligence into the larger Intelligence Community, the evolution of our collaboration with homeland defense counterparts, and the fostering of committed international partnerships are all outcomes of this fundamental change,” wrote James R. Clapper, then-Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) in his introduction to the budget justification.
In FY 2010, Congress appropriated $27 billion for the Military Intelligence Program. The FY 2013 request for the MIP was $19.2 billion. The budget appropriation for FY 2012 is to be disclosed by the end of this month.
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