Pentagon’s Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion

Pentagon’s Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion

* By Noah Shachtman Email Author
* May 7, 2009 |
* 7:39 pm |
* Categories: Paper Pushers, Beltway Bandits, Politicians, Spies, Secrecy and Surveillance

The Pentagon wants to spend just over $50 billion on classified programs next year, newly-released Defense Department budget documents reveal. “That’s the largest-ever sum,” according to Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, a longtime black-budget seer — a three percent increase over last year’s total.

It makes the Pentagon’s secret operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside, “roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets of the UK, France or Japan,” Sweetman adds. All in all, about seven and a half percent of the Defense Department’s total spending is now classified.

Black-world weapons-buying “remains dominated by the single line item,” according to Sweetman. (You can find it under the Air Force’s “other procurement” section, on page F-21 here.) “This year’s number stands just above $16 billion. In inflation-adjusted terms, that’s 240 per cent more than it was ten years ago.”

Many of the secret budgets still remain clandestine, however. In the research budget, the line item for a “Special Program”of the super-secret National Security Agency is a string of zeros. Same goes for an NSA “Cyber Security Initiative” kitty. And don’t even ask about NSA’s “Intelligence Support to Information Operations” account. That’s a blank slate, too.

Some other fun facts, buried in the Pentagon’s just-released budget docs:

* Money for “Directed Energy Technology” — real-life ray gun research — jumps from $62.7 million last year to $105.7 million in 2010.
* Cash for “Prompt Global Strike Capability Development” — weapons that can hit anywhere on the planet, in just a few hours — jumps from $74.1 million to $166.9 million.
* The high-flying Global Hawk drones get an an extra $486.8 million.
* The Office of the Secretary of Defense is pushing $75 million in new alt-fuel and alt-power projects — from “Landfill Gas Energy Capture” to a “Tactical, Deployable Micro-Grid.”
* The Maui Space Surveillance System gets a major downgrade, from $36.3 million to a mere $5.8 million. Aloha, space-watchers!

UPDATE:CQ’s Tim Starks reports that “the budget would also allocate an unspecified amount to the new ‘Imagery Satellite Way Ahead‘ program, a joint effort between the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense designed to revamp the nation’s constellation of spy satellites.”

The mostly classified plan would include new, redesigned “electro-optical” satellites, which collect data from across the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the expanded use of commercial satellite imagery. Although the cost is secret, most estimates place it in the multibillion-dollar range.

Will these efforts

feed babies, the homeless?

Get the economy on track?

Or just another day in the office of the MIC specialists?

More tax dollars at work.

Looks like one is paying Big Brother to oppress and imprison us.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

Stranger than fiction

I say this only in grim jest, but these guys seem to be preparing for something that might come out of a 1950's science fiction movie.

We certainly need a military, but there's also something to be said for giving peace at least a little bit of a chance.

And by peace, I don't mean continuous forced subordination.

“Peace is not an absence

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice”—Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677).

“Either war is obsolete or men are”—R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).

“There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath”—Woodrow Wilson (1856—1924).

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

That number should

be CUT not increased.

Money for “Directed Energy Technology"

* Money for “Directed Energy Technology” — real-life ray gun research — jumps from $62.7 million last year to $105.7 million in 2010.

Is Judy Wood despised by many in truth circles because directed energy technology sounds like a trinfoil hat theory and is therefore easy to ridicule? Or is there some other reason?

Apparently we keep coughing up millions to develop this stuff.

Just wondering.

An answer

Basically she was ostracized from the 9/11 Truth movement for trying to goad it into asserting views for which we lack evidence--specificically that not only was such weaponry was used at the WTC on 9/11, but it was being wielded from a satellite up in space.

And for co-signing an article with Morgan Reynolds back in the late summer of '06 which launched ad-hominem attacks ('unconstructive criticism' would be a gentler way of putting it) against Steven Jones, just when the active participation of such scientists in the 9/11 Truth movement was making it more difficult for defenders of the OCT to dismiss us.

Overwhelming implausibility

Here's something about that:

The Overwhelming Implausibility of Using Directed Energy Beams to Demolish the World Trade Center

over at Journal of 911 Studies


Having difficulty copying/pasting, but that article is listed under Volume 8, February 2007, by Dr. Gregory S. Jenkins.