Congress appropriated a total of $17.4 billion for the Pentagon’s unclassified and classified intelligence activities in Fiscal 2014, announced the Defense Department. That amount included the appropriations for the military intelligence program in the Pentagon’s base budget and in its overseas contingency operations accounts, according to the Oct. 30 release. “The department determined that releasing this topline figure does not jeopardize any classified activities,” states the release. DOD had requested a total of $18.6 billion in Fiscal 2014 for the MIP, but the final topline turned out to be $1.2 billion less. DOD officials said they would not release additional details on the MIP “as they remain classified for national security reasons.” In Fiscal 2013, the Pentagon received $18.6 billion for the MIP, which comprises the projects that support the Defense Secretary’s intelligence, counterintelligence, and related responsibilities.
When the Air Force sets a new program baseline for the B-52 re-engining this fall, there will be “some” cost increase, because the project wasn't previously fully funded, and the Air Force has a better handle on actual supplier costs and knowledge from ground testing, program officials said.