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Starved for intelligence?

Starved for intelligence?

There is a very interesting article by James Ostrowski at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, pertaining to spending by the US intelligence services. The bit that caught my eye was:

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the combined budget of these agencies is at least $30 billion annually. Officially and unofficially, the U.S. and its allies probably have more than 75,000 intelligence personnel.  This army [is] larger than the Army of Northern Virginia, and spends twice as much as the entire Chinese defense budget…

Fascinating stuff, though I do wonder if we actually know what China spends on its defense budget in economically meaningful terms. The history of various Western intelligence agencies’ estimates of the Soviet defense budgets during the 1970’s and 1980’s does not exactly fill me with confidence.

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