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October 28, 2010 6:39 PM Subscribe
Earlier this year, the Washington Post exposed the increasing size of the US intelligence community: 1,931 private companies, 10,000 offices, and hundreds of thousands of employees (previously
). Today we have a better picture on how much it's costing taxpayers: 80 billion every year.
To put that in perspective, it's approximately the same size as the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Department of Transportation. It is believed that up 70% of the budget is paid out to private contractors, but since the details of the budget remain classified, no one knows what we are buying or who we are paying. What is known is that the budget has more than doubled from $36 billion (AFI) in 1998.