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  •  The Intelligence budget "Continues to balloon..." (2+ / 0-)
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    LeftOverAmerica, 3goldens

    hardly anyone in Congress has a good handle on intelligence spending.

    ...Intelligence programs span 16 federal agencies. Most of the budget figures are classified, except for a top-line number for the National Intelligence Program that doesn’t include many military-intelligence programs..

    With some of that money, the NSA is building the Country's Biggest Spy Center:

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    ...a $1.5 billion... project that will feature up to 1 million square feet of facilities....

    Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013...

    But “this is more than just a data center...”  It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes...

    For the NSA, overflowing with tens of billions of dollars in post-9/11 budget awards, the cryptanalysis breakthrough came at a time of explosive growth, in size as well as in power...

    (Why the NSA put a data center in Utah)

    And, NSA Building $860 Million "High Capacity" Data Center in Maryland..

    As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000 square feet of technical space...
    More about the new data centers:  NSA's New Data Center And Supercomputer Aim To Crack World's Strongest Encryption.
    Using what will likely be the world’s fastest supercomputer and the world’s largest data storage and analysis facility, the NSA plans to comb unimaginably voluminous troves of messages for patterns they could use to crack AES and weaker encryption schemes...
    New NSA data centers will store decades’ worth of electronic communication..

    While other, less secretive government agencies suffer cutbacks, the intelligence community, especially the NSA seems to be expanding--building new facilities, and hiring new employees.  

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