US Dept. of Defense releases $23.3 bn Military Intelligence Program Budget request for 2022

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The US Department of Defense has released the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) ‘top line’ budget request for the year 2022 totaling $23.3 billion.

In a terse press statement on Tuesday titled  Department of Defense Releases 2022 Military Intelligence Program Budget Request, it said “The Department of Defense released the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) top line budget request for Fiscal Year 2022. The total is $23.3 billion and is aligned to strategic priorities of the Secretary of Defense.

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“The department determined that releasing this top line figure does not jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP. No other MIP budget figures or program details will be released, as they remain classified for national security reasons.”

An October 21,2020 report in Defense News by Aaron Mehta stated that “According to a 2019 Congressional Research Service report, the MIP funds “defense intelligence activities intended to support operational and tactical level intelligence priorities supporting defense operations.

“Among other uses, these dollars can be spent to facilitate the dissemination of information that relates to a foreign country or political group, and covert or clandestine activities against political and military groups or individuals.

The report added that “MIP money also partly goes to U.S. Special Operations Command to pursue “several current acquisition efforts focused on outfitting aircraft — both manned and unmanned, fixed and rotary wing — with advanced ISR and data storage capabilities that will work in multiple environments,” according to CRS.”

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