The top five military contractors by sales are Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumann, General Dynamics and Raytheon. In addition
to the Department of Defense allocations, the top five intelligence agencies that often provide military use applications are the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Program and the General Defense Intelligence Program. The actual amount of monies that go into funding
off the books secret projects, estimated by Bill Sweetman as cited in the Economic Crisis and the Pentagon`s
Black Budget, exceeds rational comprehension. "The Pentagon’s ‘black’
operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside it, are roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets
of the UK, France or Japan, and ten percent of the total."
Even the Washington Post in the account, "Black Budget"
details U.S. operations, goals reports the "Spending in the most recent cycle surpassed that amount
based on the $52.6 billion detailed in documents obtained by The Post, plus a separate $23 billion devoted to intelligence
programs that more directly support the U.S. military."So where did this figure come from? None other than the audacious
whistleblower or infamous traitor, depending on your viewpoint, revealed the figures. In the article, Snowden Reveals First Ever
Public Disclosure Of Secret Black Budget Programs, the costs may be in the trillions.
"The Washington Post revealed that
the "black-budget" documents report a staggering 52.6 billion dollars that was set aside for operations in the fiscal
year 2013. Although it’s great to have this type of documentation in the public domain proving the existence of these
black budget programs, the numbers seem to be off according to some statements made by some very prominent people who have
been involved in the defense sector for years. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that these programs are not using billions
of dollars, but trillions of dollars that are unaccounted for."
likes to play a little hide and seek with its black budget. Projects with code names like the Navy’s "RETRACT JUNIPER"
and "LINK PLUMERIA" are simple enough to find in the research development,
testing and evaluation budget (.pdf). As are many of the Army’s "TRACTOR" projects: "TRACTOR
NAIL," "TRACTOR CAGE," and so on. But then comes along a project like "TRACTOR DESK" hiding in one
of the Army’s eight research budget documents, while others find their way to the operations and maintenance and procurement
These projects are also where to go when
searching for what’s getting cut. Something called the "Classified Program USD(P)," formerly valued around
a respectable $100 million, had its budget reduced to zero. "TRACTOR JUTE" is on life support and "COBRA JUDY"
had the sting taken out of it.
"The Lockheed Martin SR-72 is a conceptualized unmanned,
hypersonic aircraft intended for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance proposed by Lockheed Martin to succeed the
retired SR-71 Blackbird. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has been overtaken by it’s successor, The SR-72, the fastest Aircraft
ever built. According to Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, the SR-72, has a twin-engine aircraft which is designed in such
a way that it can fly at Mach 6. By 2018, the SR-72 could be up for demonstration showing off at the high-speed strike weapon
(HSSW), a U.S. hypersonic missile program taking shape under the Air Force and Darpa."
All these covert platforms are so secret that the complete disclosure is above the pay grade
of most elected representatives. Breaking down the
Black Budget alludes to the SAPS. Seemingly, a most appropriate slang name; - a
fool, dupe - befitting government puppets.
to Ben Rich (Lockheed Skunk Works director 1975-1991), keeping programs secret can add anywhere from 10 to 15% to the overall
cost . . . Within the murky world of secret defense projects there are three main categories: SAP’s (Special Access
Program), USAP (Unacknowledged Special Access Program), and so called "Waived SAPS". In the case of waived SAP’s,
their existence is not known by Congress or possibly the President."
where does the money come from for the military to develop and build their play toys weapons of mass destruction? Catherine Austin
Fitts, answers with the claim that:
"The black budget has numerous sources. First, there is funding allocated in secret
by Congressional "oversight" committees. Second, there are funds clawed from other agency appropriations. Third
there are an endless series of other sources of funding include seizures, proceeds from the marketing of hard narcotics and
engineering of mortgage and other financial fraud in your community and from many other illicit businesses operated globally
by the intelligence cartel. Finally, I suspect one of the largest sources and uses has become market manipulations through
the Exchange Stabilization Fund."
the way, genuine national defense is short-changed, even if one’s political views support the policy of imperium hegemony.
The dominance of the military-industrial-complex comes not from their firepower systems, but from the ability to perpetuate
a never-ending warfare society, based upon phony threats and a permanent aggressor interventionism and empire expansion.
The corporatists love this cash cow because killing fellow humans
is the most profitable business in all of history. Keeping this fact hidden from the taxpayer is the ultimate black budget
blueprint that needs protection for the Corporatocracy to continue.