National Guard forces respond in storm-struck states
Sgt. Michael Ryno along with soldiers from the New Jersey Army National Guard provide assistance to residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy at an emergency shelter in Piscataway Township, N.J.,
October 30th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

National Guard forces respond in storm-struck states

By Larry Shaughnessy

Governors from North Carolina to New England activated National Guard forces to respond to flooding and other damage from Sandy.

The most immediate demand was for Humvees and military trucks able to negotiate high waters.

The New Jersey Guard launched a helicopter to get a look at damage along hard-hit shore areas. One stretch showed sand washing into homes at least 100 yards from the normal high tide line.
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Intelligence budget continues to drop
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before Congress
October 30th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Intelligence budget continues to drop

By Pam Benson

Spending by the intelligence community dropped for the second year in a row following the dramatic increases in the  years after the 2001 terrorist attacks and it's a trend that will continue.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a statement on Tuesday revealing the budget for national intelligence programs in fiscal year 2012 was $53.9 billion, a 1 percent decrease from the previous year. 

And according to the Defense Department, the amount spent for military intelligence dropped by 10 percent to $21.5 billion.

The overall spending of $75.4 billion in 2012 represents a 4% cut in intelligence spending.

The fiscal year ended on September 30.

Overall intelligence spending peaked in fiscal year 2010 when the United States spent a total of $80.1 billion.

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