New information released by Edward Snowden illuminates the massive outlays by various U.S. intelligence agencies on collection, processing, and analysis of data. In fiscal 2013, the U.S. intelligence community was budgeted over 52 billion dollars for all of their operations. Of that sum, over 25 billion dollars were set aside for data collection from both open source and clandestine sources. An additional 12 billion dollars were set aside for data processing (such as translation and decoding) and analysis. The U.S. intelligence community is set to spend nearly 5 billion dollars on IT systems to support this massive data collection effort.
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