Black budget

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"Black Budget" redirects here. For the New Zealand budget of 1958, see Black Budget (New Zealand).

A black budget is a budget that is allocated for classified and other secret operations of a nation, a corporation, a society of any form, a national department, and so on. A black budget usually covers expenses related to military research and covert operations. The black budget is mostly classified due to security reasons.

United States[edit]

Data visualization of U.S. intelligence black budget (2013)

The United States Department of Defense has a black budget it uses to fund black projects—expenditures it does not want to disclose publicly. The annual cost of the United States Department of Defense black budget was estimated at $30 billion in 2008,[1] but was increased to an estimated $50 billion in 2009.[2]

A black budget article by the Washington Post, based on information given by Edward Snowden, detailed how the US allocated $52.8 billion in 2012 for the black budget.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Broad, William J. (2008-04-01). "Inside the Black Budget". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Pentagon's Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion" Wired, May 2009]
  3. ^ Gellman, Barton; Miller, Greg (2013-09-05). "National Security". The Washington Post. 

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