The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had added USD600 million to its request for intelligence activity funding, the agency reported on 21 November.
The additional funds are largely part of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, a segment of the DoD's budget that was not released in March when the original intelligence budget figure was disclosed as USD13.3 billion. In June the agency added an OCO estimate lifting the total to USD16 billion. The additional USD600 million is likely tied to efforts against the Islamic State.
Continued operations in the Middle East against the Islamic State have threatened to stretch the US budgets thin, and intelligence operations, providing information for Iraqi and Kurdish forces, have been at the centre of US contributions.