If this poster isn’t on the wall of your office, living room, or above your head board, it needs to be.  Here are 10 reasons why this poster is a must have.


  • 10.  This isn’t some flimsy paper thin poster.  It is printed in gorgeous color on 100# cover stock, as think as a business card.  I wanted this poster to extrude quality just by touching it, and it does.
  •  9. This poster isn’t some partisan propaganda piece.  It’s be praised by both the extreme right and left and everyone in between.  Even those in the administration and pentagon have purchased and heralded this poster.  Although I can’t say just who due to legal and political implications of government endorsements.
  •  8. This is a poster of the near future.  Notice the date, 2008.  The trends, patterns, and data in this poster will be coming to life in the very near future.  This is your chance to get ahead of the data curve.
  • 7. Face it, there is simply nothing else like this poster anywhere, not even close.  This is the only place to get it and it is truly, one of its kind.
  • 6. The poster has been sent to over 50 members of congress.  Now you and your representatives can have something in common besides your values.
  • 5. If you are looking for the ultimate conversation piece, this is it.  When was the last time you had to pry people away from artwork in your home or office?
  • 4. Its big and comprehensive.  There are over 400 budgetary items on this poster, of which you knew of 2%.  Now you can back up your heated discussions with some facts and hard data.  Your friends/enemies will be impressed/disheartened.
  • 3.  This poster isn’t just about taxes, it’s a sprawling map of the federal government.  If you know what the NSA and DHS are, you probably have a college degree.  If you know what DDG-1000 and NPOESS are, you probably already own the poster.
  • 2.  For the bargin price of $24.95 you will not find a better value for information out there.  Considering the amount of misconceptions and political rhetoric this poster systematically cuts through, can you really afford not to have this information a head’s turn away?

Now what are you waiting for?…


Ok, so we all know what the Postal Service is, but do we really have a grasp on this governmental juggernaut.  We have come to know and love our local post office down the road but if the USPS were on the Fortune 500 it would rank 20th, right above Meryl Lynch.  It”s revenues are slightly higher that UPS and FEDEX combined at $78 billion.   With 700,000 employees, if you work for the federal government there is a 30% chance you work for the Postal Service.

Here is a rundown of their budget.

As you can see with a budget authority of $81.701 billion and collections (revenues) of $77.979 billion, the USPS runs a slight deficit, $3.722 billion of which it borrows from the federal government, i.e tax payers.  The price of stamps and postage is tied to the consumer price index however expenses can vary from the price of gas, rising wages over inflation, lag in the economy, and competition from email and other forms of e-communication.  So Postal Service occasional brings in surpluses and has come along way since its record debt levels around $11 billion in the 70’s.

Here are there expenses in detail.  Profitability (and tax payer expense) varies from year to year.

Worker compensation and benefits is by far the greatest expense, as it usually is for any employee intensive company.  So while the “Transportation of things” only cost $7 billion, it cost eight times as much to pay people for said transport.

And finally, the last from-the-source graphic lists their gargantuan full time employment.

You will note the signifigant workforce cutting in the 3 years depicted as revenues have grown at 3% a year.

But enough budget data, lets take a more comparative look at the nations largest employer outside the military.  Here we have a series of graphs that compares the Postal Service to its largest private rival, the United Parcel Service (UPS) to the largest US company, Walmart.

No surprises here.

Here, Walmart generates about $188,000 in revenue per employee, compared $110,000 for USPS and $97,000, making UPS a bit more labor intensive than USPS despite its smaller size.

USPS does not run on a corporate ethos so its stated goal is not to generate returns for it’s investors.  So while it’s a bad investment for your trust fund, a 39 cent stamp will go along way.  Also while Walmart’s revenues are 7.5 times greater that UPS, its net income is only 2.5 as great, making it a better value.

Government jobs pay well.  Jobs competing with government jobs pay slightly less.

The postmaster general of the United States makes 17 times less that the CEO of a similar company half its size.  There have been concerns that the mere $173,000 is not enough to attract highly qualified individuals to the position.  Fortunately the U.S. government is not in the business of minting millionaires with tax payers money (private contractors excluded).  While the USPS may be a bad investment from an individual standpoint, the dividends are paid in the form of a higher standard of living for nearly three quarters of a million people, and the subsequent money they put back into the economy.

So there it is, the Postal Service, of which you knew existed but perhaps now, have a been understanding.


Well I checked my list of referring links today and I was bit surprised. It seems people from the government are viewing my site much more frequently recently, and from a varied sources.

Below is a screen shot of my to-the-minute referrals. As you can see most of the highlighted government sources came to my site by searching google for “death and taxes poster” or something like that. i must say, some of the sources make me a little uneasy. US Department of Justice? Office of the Secretary of defense? Department of Homeland Security? … we are all friends here right…. right?

Here is a list of the govenment sources that have visited this site in the last 24 hours.

usdoj.gov – Department of Justice
gsa.gov – General Services Administration
stratcom.mil – US Strategic Command
fdic.gov – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
fed.us – ??? anyone know what this is?
af.mil – Air Force
fws.gov – Fish and Wildlife Service
navy.mil – Navy
peacecorps.gov – Peace Corps
va.gov – Department of Veterens Affairs
eop.gov – ??? anyone know what this is?
epa.gov – Environmental Protection Agency
state.gov – Department of State
army.mil – Army
nasa.gov – NASA
fnal.gov – Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
uscourts.gov – The Federal Judiciary
dod.mil – Department of Defense
noaa.gov – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
dhs.gov – Department of Homeland Security
dla.mil – Defense Logistics Agency
raytheon.com – Raytheon Corporation, ok so they aren’t a government agency, but they might as well be.
While it’s good to see my experiment in DIY government oversight make its way into the federal goverment itself, I hope it doesn’t put me on any kind of watch list or something. While the current administration maybe not appreciate my efforts to open up the government, I just want to remind folks that the poster has been sent to over 30 members of congress and to departments all over the government, including directors at the pentagon. So keep that in mind while my cell is being readied in Guantanamo.

Just kidding.

..but seriously though, do they have body pillows down there?


Many people have suggested I create a Death and Taxes poster for other countries.  I have considered it but do not currently have the time to begin a project of that scale, especially with a government that is foreign to me.  Which is why I was pleased when I came across the following graphic.

It’s a Death and Taxes emulation for the government of Thailand.  I had nothing to do with its creation and it actually took me a while to figure out what language it was in.  The Thai written language looks like an odd mix of Hebrew and Arabic.

It’s good to see people taking it upon themselves to provide a more open look at their own governments.  I must admit, I thought the first Death and Taxes emulation would come from Canada or the UK, but Thailand version seems just as good as any, even though I can’t read a word of it.

from isriya.com


Well I have stripped all 417 line items from the Death and Taxes poster and put them in a searchable, hierarchical, text based format.  This list includes about 90% of the programs that receive over $200 million in federal funding and many programs that receive less than that.  I have also linked as many items to their corresponding wikipedia entry as possible.  If you find some bad links, know of some better links, or know of links to some of the non-linked items then comment below and I will update.  Hopefully this can serve as a valuable resource and boiled down version of the 1,000+ pages of the Presidents federal budget request and the 10,000+ pages of military budget requests.


Total Budget

  •  Outlays*2 2.902 Trillion +4%
    • Military / Nat. Security Discretionary 717 Billion +11%
      • Global War on Terror*4 145 Billion
      • Non-Department of Defense 91 Billion
    • Social Security*3 608 Billion +4%
    • Medicare 386 Billion +5%
    • Non-Military / Nat. Security Discretionary 358 Billion -1%
    • Income Security 325 Billion +5%
    • National Debt Interest 261 Billion +9%
    • Medicaid 202 Billion +6%
    • Veterans Benefits 45 Billion +15%
    • Other 25 Billion +8%
  • Receipts 2.662 Trillion +5%
    • Income Taxes 1,247 Billion +7%
    • Social Insurance / Retirement Receipts 927 Billion +6%
    • Corporate Income Taxes 315 Billion -8%
    • Excise Taxes 68 Billion +19%
    • Misc. Receipts 51 Billion +9%
    • Customs Duties 29.2 Billion +9%
    • Estate / Gift Taxes 25 Billion +2%
  • Budget Deficit*5 239 Billion -2%

Discretionary Budget


  •  Executive Office of the President .340 Billion -12%
    • Unanticipated Needs*6M 1.050 Billion -54%
    • White House .195 Billion +8%
    • Office of Management and Budget .071 Billion 7%
  • Legislative Branch 4.820 Billion +16%
    • House of Representatives 1.348 Billion +14%
    • Library of Congress .978 Billion +9%
    • Senate .903 Billion +12%
    • Government Accountability Office .524 Billion +10%
  • Judicial Branch 6.720 Billion +14%
    • Court of Appeals, District Courts 6.752 Billion +8%
    • Supreme Court .079 Billion +4%
  • Department of Agriculture 20.226 Billion +3%
    • Farm Subsidies*7 15.106 Billion +3%
    • Food and Nutrition Service 5.638 Billion +2%
    • Forest Service 4.127 Billion -2%
    • Commodities*8 3.284 Billion +10%
    • Research 2.297 Billion -11%
    • Rural Development 2.050 Billion +2%
    • Marketing and Regulatory Programs 2.005 Billion +13%
    • Conservation .825 Billion -10%
  • Department of Commerce 6.467 Billion +8%
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2.844 Billion +1%
    • Patent and Trademark Office*9 1.920 Billion +8%
    • Bureau of the Census 1.230 Billion +54%
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology .644 Billion +15%
    • International Trade Administration .412 Billion +5%
    • Economic Development Administration .203 Billion -22%
  • Department of Defense 481.406 Billion +11%
    • Navy / Marines*16 119.482 / 20.029 Billion +6% / +38%
      • Personnel*16 27.293 / 12.069 Billion -1% / +9%
        • Enlisted Pay*16 15.444 / 7.184 Billion +0% / +11%
        • Officer Pay*16 6.395 / 2.111 Billion +3% / +7%
        • Reserve 1.797 Billion +2%
        • Subsistence*16 .936 Billion / .598 Billion -2% / +7%
      • Procurement 38.178 Billion +25%
        • Trident II 1.087 Billion +14%
        • Joint Strike Fighter 1.112 Billion NEW
        • Repair / Spare Parts 1.158 Billion +43%
        • EA-18G Growler 1.319 Billion +46%
        • LPD-17 San Antonio 1.398 Billion NEW
        • MH-60 Seahawk*17 1.500 Billion +3%
        • V-22 Osprey 1.959 Billion +24%
        • Virginia Class Submarine 2.498 Billion +2%
        • F/A-18E Hornet 2.545 Billion +9%
        • Carrier Replacement Program 2.848 Billion +263%
        • DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class Destroyer 2.953 Billion +15%
      • Operation & Maintenance 33.334 Billion +6%
        • Ship Operations 9.632 Billion +13%
        • Air Operations 6.373 Billion +3%
        • Base Support 5.684 Billion +6%
        • Marine Corps Operations 4.961 Billion +28%
        • Combat Support 2.736 Billion +14%
        • Weapons Support 2.013 Billion +4%
        • Reserve Operations 1.186 Billion -8%
        • Training and Advertising .405 Billion +15%
      • RDT&E 17.075 Billion +1%
        • Joint Strike Fighter 1.707 Billion -21%
        • Advanced Hawkeye .809 Billion +63%
        • Satellite Communications .737 Billion -2%
        • CH-53K Super Stallion .417 Billion +19%
        • RETRACT MAPLE*19 .346 Billion +1%
        • Defense Research Sciences .374 Billion -3%
        • EA-18G Growler .272 Billion -27%
        • Marine Corps Communications .280 Billion +20%
        • New Design SSN .223 Billlion +11%
        • Littoral Combat Ship .217 Billion -34%
        • CHALK EAGLE*19 .217 Bilion +53%
        • Advanced Nuclear Power Systems .166 Billion -4%
        • Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle .161 Billion +62%
    • Air Force 136.426 Billion +5%
      • Operations and Maintenance 41.389 Billion +5%
        • Air Operations 14.076 Billion +4%
        • Air National Guard Operations 5.041 Billion -6%
        • Mobility Operations 4.680 Billion +10%
        • Logistics Operations 3.228 Billion +8%
        • Combat Related Operations 3.194 Billion +22%
        • Reserve Operations 2.692 Billion -1%
        • Recruiting and Advertising .138 Billion +4%
      • Procurement 33.814 Billion +5%
        • [[F-22A] Raptor 3.861 Billion +75%
        • Joint Strike Fighter 1.421 Billion +40%
        • EELV 1.166 Billion +25%
        • C-130J Hercules*18 1.070 Billion +2%
        • Special Update Program*19 .532 Billion +14%
        • Global Hawk .514 Billion +20%
        • Space-Based Infrared System .479 Billion NEW
        • V22 Osprey .495 Billion +20%
        • Flares .274 Billion +69%
      • Personnel 30.723 Billion +3%
        • Enlisted Pay 14.118 Billion +4%
        • Officer Pay 8.029 Billion +2%
        • National Guard 2.642 Billion +15%
        • Reserve 1.370 Billion +3%
        • Subsistence .903 Billion -3%
      • RDT&E 26.711 Billion +9%
        • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter 1.780 Billion -16%
        • Transformational SATCOM .963 Billion +32%
        • F-22A Squadrons .743 Billion +57%
        • Advanced EHF MILSATCOM .603 Billion -4%
        • Space Based Infrared System .587 Billion -12%
        • NAVSTAR III .587 Billion +88%
        • MILSATCOM Terminals .388 Billion +44%
        • NPOESS .334 Billion -4%
        • KC-135 Tanker Replacement .314 Billion +355%
        • Global Hawk UAV .298 Billion +21%
        • Personnel Recovery Systems .290 Billion +45%
        • B-2 Spirit .244 Billion +1%
        • Polar MILSATCOM .178 Billion +408%
    • Army 129.996 Billion +16%
      • Personnel 46.192 Billion +8%
        • Enlisted Pay 19.885 Billion +8%
        • Officer Pay 9.039 Billion +6%
        • National Guard 6.006 Billion +14%
        • Reserve 4.487 Billion +30%
        • Subsistence 1.468 Billion +0%
      • Operation and Maintenance 37.717 Billion +18%
        • Operating Forces 17.413 Billion +14%
        • Administration 7.055 Billion +26%
        • National Guard 5.840 Billion +20%
        • Training  3.408 Billion +22%
        • Reserve 2.508 Billion +9%
        • Recruiting and Advertising .603 Billion +25%
      • Procurement 24.253 Billion +44%
        • Future Combat System 3.663 Billion -2%
        • Stryker 1.039 Billion +30%
        • Medium Tactical Vehicles .828 Billion +19%
        • CH-47 Chinook .770 Billion +24%
        • AH-64 Apache .711 Billion -10%
        • UH-60 Blackhawk .705 Billion -5%
        • Bullets .698 Billion +7%
        • 5.56MM Bullets .189 Billion -12%
        • Abrams Tank .641 Billion +19%
        • Humvee .596 Billion +2%
        • Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter .468 Billion +232%
        • Night Vision .508 Billion -4%
        • Mine Detection System .272 Billion +38%
      • RDT&E 10.590 Billion -3%
        • FCS Systems  & Program Management 1.589 Billion NEW
        • FCS Manned Ground Vehicles .696 Billion NEW
        • FCS Sustainment & Training R&D .678 Billion NEW
        • Aerostat Joint Project .481 Billion +98%
        • Patriot/MEADS Program  .372 Billion +14%
        • Army Test Ranges .357 Billion .357 Billion -7%
        • Non-Line of Sight Launch System .253 Billion -20%
        • Warfighter Information Network-Tactical .222 Billion +83%
        • Advanced Tank Armament System .142 Billion  NEW
        • Landmine Warfare/Barrier .142 Billion +54%
      • Defense Wide 77.345 Billion +7%
        • Defense Health Program*21 20.670 Billion -2%
        • Missile Defense Agency 8.795 Billion -6%
        • Special Operations Command 5.484 Billion +14%
        • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 3.085 Billion -1%
        • Office of the Secretary of Defense 2.088 Billion -3%
        • Defense Education Activity 1.833 Billion +6%
        • Chemical Agents & Munitions Destruction 1.455 Billion NEW
        • Defense Contract Management Agency 1.044 Billion +0%
        • Chemical and Biological Defense Program 1.021 Billion +4%
        • Joint Chiefs of Staff .597 Billion +3%
        • Former Soviet Union Threat Reduction .348 Billion -6%
  • Corps of Engineers 4.871 Billion +3%
    • Operation and Maintenance*10 2.471 Billion +25%
    • Construction*10 1.523 Billion -19%
    • Flood Control, Mississippi River and Tributaries .260 Billion -11%
  • Department of Education 55.995 Billion +0%
    • K-12 30.976 Billion +7%
      • Title I Grants to LEAs 13.910 Billion +9%
      • IDEA Part B State Grants 10.492 Billion +0%
      • Teacher Quality State Grants 2.787 Billion -3%
      • Reading First 1.136 Billion +1%
      • School Improvement Grants .500 Billion NEW
      • American Competitiveness Initiative .397 Billion NEW
      • Safe and Drug Free Schools Programs .324 Billion -38%
    • Higher Education 23.847 Billion -6%
      • Pell Grants 13.223 Billion +5%
      • Trio/GEAR UP 1.131 Billion +0%
      • Federal Work-Study .980 Billion +0%
      • SEO Grants .771 Billion Terminated
      • Historically Black Colleges .296 Billion +0%
      • Howard University .234 Billion +0%
    • Career,Technical, and Adult Education 1.998 Billion +0%
  • Department of Energy 24.260 Billion +6%
    • National Nuclear Security Administration*M 9.387 Billion +5%
    • Environmental Management 5.655 Billion -5%
    • Science 4.398 Billion +22%
    • Energy Resources 3.429 Billion +18%
    • Renewable Energy 1.236 Billion +4%
    • Nuclear Waste Disposal .495 Billion +2%
  • Environmental Protection Agency*11 7.200 Billion -4%
    • Clean and Safe Water 2.713 Billion -9%
    • Superfund 1.245 Billion +2%
    • Healthy Communities and Ecosystems 1.166 Billion -4%
    • Clean Air and Global Climate Change .907 Billion -3%
    • Compliance and Environmental Stewardship .720 Billion +1%
    • Land Preservation and Restoration .365 Billion -2%
  • Department of Health and Human Services 67.650 Billion +0%
    • National Institutes of Health 28.700 Billion +1%
      • National Cancer Institute 4.793 Billion +0%
      • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 4.592 Billion +5%
      • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 2.925 Billion +0%
      • National Institute of Mental Health 1.405 Billion +0%
    • Administration for Children and Families 12.329 Billion -10%
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 5.762 Billion -1%
      • Infectious Diseases 1.752 Billion +6%
      • Terrorism Preparedness 1.504 Billion -3%
    • Health Resources and Services Administration 5.708 Billion -13%
      • HIV / AIDS 2.133 Billion +5%
      • Maternal and Child Health .693 Billion +0%
    • Indian Health Service 3.271 Billion +7%
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 3.046 Billion -5%
    • Public Health Emergency Fund 1.754 Billion +601%
    • Food and Drug Administration 1.641 Billion +10%
    • Administration on Aging 1.335 Billion -2%
  • Department of Homeland Security 34.288 Billion +7%
    • Customs and Border Protection*NS 8.791 Billion +36%
    • United States Coast Guard*NS 7.272 Billion +3%
    • Transportation Security Administration 6.399 Billion +6%
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency 5.187 Billion -14%
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement*NS 4.781 Billion +8%
    • United States Secret Service 1.399 Billion +10%
    • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office*NS .562 Billion +17%
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development 35.201 Billion +2%
    • Tenant-based Rental Assistance 16.000 Billion +6%
    • Public Housing 6.024 Billion +4%
    • Project-based Rental Assistance 5.813 Billion +7%
    • Community Development Fund 3.037 Billion -28%
    • HOME Investment Partnerships Program 1.967 Billion +9%
    • Homeless Assistance Grants 1.586 Billion +17%
    • Housing for the Elderly .575 Billion -23%
    • Native American Housing Block Grant .627 Billion +0%
  • Department of the Interior 10.610 Billion +3%
    • National Park Service 2.365 Billion +11%
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs 2.229 Billion +0%
    • Bureau of Land Management 1.846 Billion +5%
    • Fish and Wildlife Service 1.287 Billion +1%
    • Bureau of Reclamation/CUPCA 1.001 Billion +8%
    • U.S. Geological Survey .975 Billion +1%
  • Department of Justice 20.181 Billion +4%
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation 6.431 Billion +13%
      • Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence*NS 2.313 Billion +13%
      • Criminal Enterprises and Federal Crimes 1.905 Billion +0%
      • Intelligence 1.073 Billion +2%
    • Federal Prison System 5.363 Billion +9%
    • Drug Enforcement Administration 1.803 Billion +7%
    • United States Attorneys 1.748 Billion +11%
    • Detention Trustee 1.294 Billion +17%
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 1.014 Billion +11%
    • United States Marshals Service .900 Billion +16%
    • Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force .509 Billion +5%
    • Office on Violence Against Women .370 Billion -11%
    • National Security Division*NS .078 Billion NEW
  • Department of Labor 10.569 Billion -10%
    • Career Advancement Accounts 4.933 Billion -19%
    • Unemployment Insurance Administration 2.561 Billion +2%
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics .574 Billion +7%
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration .490 Billion +4%
    • Employment Standards Administration .448 Billion +9%
    • Employee Benefits Security Administration .147 Billion +10%   
    • Bureau of International Labor Affairs .014 Billion -81%
  • Department of State 34.998 Billion +21%
    • Diplomatic and Consular Programs 4.943 Billion +11%
    • Foreign Military Financing*M 4.536 Billion +2%
      • Israel 2.400 Billion +3%
      • Egypt 1.300 Billion +0%
    • Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 4.150 Billion +224%
    • Economic Support Fund*M 3.320 Billion +27%
    • Millennium Challenge Corporation 3.000 Billion +264%
    • Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance 1.599 Billion +3%
    • Child Survival and Health 1.564 Billion +3%
    • Multilateral Development Banks 1.499 Billion +41%
    • International Peacekeeping*M 1.107 Billion +8%
    • Development Assistance 1.041 Billion -67%
    • International Narcotics and Law Enforcement .635 Billion -10%
    • USAID Operating Expenses .609 Billion -5%
    • Peace Corps .334 Billion +3%
    • International Disaster and Famine Assistance .297 Billion -15%
  • Department of Transportation 63.679 Billion +10%
    • Federal Highway Administration 37.176 Billion +18%
      • Surface Transportation Program 9.906 Billion +19%
      • National Highway System 8.237 Billion +21%
      • Interstate Maintenance 5.545 Billion +21%
      • Bridge Program 5.017 Billion +22%
    • Federal Aviation Administration 12.077 Billion -5%
      • Air Traffic Organization*9 9.308 Billion NEW
      • Safety and Operations*9 1.879 Billion NEW 
    • Federal Transit Administration 9.423 Billion +10%
      • Formula and Bus Grants 7.873 Billion +9%
    • Federal Railroad Administration 1.071 Billion -19%
      • Amtrak .800 Billion -28%
  • Department of the Treasury 12.136 Billion +6%
    • Internal Revenue Service 11.095 Billion +6%
      • Enforcement 4.925 Billion +5%
      • Operations Support 3.770 Billions +9%
      • Taxpayer Services 2.103 Billion +2%
    • Financial Management Service .235 Billion +1%
    • Bureau of the Public Debt .173 Billion -2%
    • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network .086 Billion +21%
  • Department of Veterans Affairs*M 39.418 Billion +19%
    • Medical Care 34.202 Billion +17%
      • Outpatient care 16.819 Billion +19%
      • Acute hospital care 6.858 Billion +4%
      • Nursing home care 2.590 Billion +6%
      • Psychiatric care 1.014 Billion +5%
    • Information Technology 1.859 Billion +73%
    • Veterans Benefits Administration 1.198 Billion +9%
    • Medical and Prosthetic Research .411 Billion +0%
    • National Cemetery Administration .167 Billion +7%
  • Global War on Terror*4 145.200 Billion
    • Afghanistan 19 Billion
    • Operations and Maintenance 79.187 Billion
      • Army 46.854 Billion
        • Commander’s Emergency*15 34.348 Billion
      • Air Force 10.536 Billion
        • Airlift Operations 3.629 Billion
      • Defense wide 6.098 Billion
        • Classified*17 1.971 Billion
      • Navy 5.495 Billion
        • Combat Support Forces 1.773 Billion
      • Marine Corps 4.081 Billion
        • Operation Forces 2.068 Billion
      • Afghanistan Security Forces 2.700 Billion
      • Iraq Security Forces 2.000 Billion
    • Procurement 39.956 Billion
      • Army 21.115 Billion
        • Bridge to Future Networks 2.560 Billion
      • Air Force 7.096 Billion
        • Classified17 2.945 Billion
      • Navy 3.099 Billion
        •  F/A-18E/F Hornets .713 Billion
      • Marine Corps 2.462 Billion
        • Physical Security Equipment .640 Billion
    • Personnel 17.070 Billion
      • Army 13.212 Billion
      • Marine Corps 1.617 Billion
      • Air Force 1.414 Billion
      • Navy .822 Billion
    • RDT&E 2.857 Billion
      • Classified17 1.015 Billion
    • Construction .907 Billion
      • Iraq .616 Billion
      • California .118 Billion
      • Afghanistan .103 Billion
  • Intelligence Budget*20 45 Billion
    • National Reconnaissance Office*20 9.5 Billion
    • National Security Agency*20 7.5 Billion
    • Central Intelligence Agency*20 5 Billion
    • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency*20 2 Billion
    • Defense Intelligence Agency*20 1.5 Billion
  • NASA 17.310 Billion +7%
    • Space operations 6.755 Billion +7%
    • Science 5.507 Billion +2%
    • Exploration systems 3.800 Billion +2%
    • Aeronautics .558 Billion -7%
  • National Science Foundation 5.901 Billion +3%
    • Mathematical and physical sciences 1.253 Billion +15%
    • Geosciences .792 Billion +13%
    • Engineering .683 Billion +18%
    • Biological sciences .633 Billion +10%
    • Computer science .574 Billion +15%
    • Social, behavioral and economic sciences .222 Billion +11%
    • Office of ” target=”_blank”>Cyberinfrastructure .200 Billion +57%
  • Small Business Administration .463 Billion +5%
    • Guaranteed Business Loans*14 29.900 Billion +10%
    • Salaries and Expenses .310 Billion +2%
    • Business Loans Administration .135 Billion +12%
  • Other Agencies*12 7.500 Billion +15%
    • Postal Service*13 3.722 Billion -2%
    • District of Columbia 1.226 Billion +4%
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission .909 Billion +27%
    • Securities and Exchange Commission .907 Billion +3%
    • Corporation for National and Community Service .753 Billion +27%
    • Broadcasting Board of Governors .688 Billion +4%
    • Smithsonian Institution .571 Billion +10%
    • Federal Drug Control Programs .449 Billion +2%
    • Federal Communications Commission .420 Billion +11%
    • Corporation for Public Broadcasting .350 Billion -25%
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission .328 Billion +2%
    • Affordable Housing Program .307 Billion +0%
    • National Archives and Records Administration .302 Billion +8%
    • Institute of Museum and Library Services .271 Billion +12%
    • National Labor Relations Board .256 Billion +2%
    • National Endowment for the Humanities .141 Billion +1%
    • National Endowment for the Arts .128 Billion +3%
    • Federal Trade Commission .071 Billion +26%
    • International Trade Commission .067 Billion +6%
    • Consumer Product Safety Commission .063 Billion +2%
    • Federal Election Commission .059 Billion +9%
    • United States Institute of Peace .030 Billion +11%
    • Federal Labor Relations Authority .024 Billion -8%
    • Office of Government Ethics .012 Billion +9%
  • National Debt 9.600 Trillion*22 +8%

Footnotes: NEW. New funding or a funding increase in excess of 1000%.  M. NS. Not in the Department of Defense but military or national security related.  Justifications and a full list of military and national security spending are on www.TheBudgetGraph.com. 1. The 1,075 billion includes the supplemental appropriation for the Global War on Terror which is also at the discretion of Congress. 2. Total does not add up due to the presence of undistributed offsetting receipts and payments to discretionary programs. 3. The annual Social Security surplus of 212 billion is used to subsidize the rest of the federal government making the on-budget deficit 451 billion. 4. Global War on Terror percentage data is +45% but not listed due to the variance of time in the three stages of its enactment.  The GWOT figures listed are from Presidents February 15th budget request. Afghanistan figure is from 2006 5.  Listed is the unified deficit.  The on-budget deficit which includes funds ‘borrowed’ from Social Security is 451 billion. 6. Outlays for the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund. 7. Farm subsidies are funded through Public Enterprise Funds that are collected from the public largely through food prices. 8. Expanded: Commodities and International. 9. Funded primarily through collections or fees, not income taxes. 10. Percentage change reflects a transfer or reorganization of the program(s). 11. Totals reflect the Agency wide program activity. 12. Totals do not sum due to the presence of homeland security funds, offsetting receipts and fees, and trust funds. 13. The Postal Service has a gross budget authority of 81.701 billion however 77.979 billion is funded through offsetting collections (postage), leaving a net budget authority of 3.722 billion.  The 2% reduction applies to the net budget authority. 14. Loans are credit activity and offset by collections. 15. Expanded: Commander’s Emergency Response Program (reconstruction). 16. For figures separated by a slash, the first figure is for the Navy and the second figure is for the Marine Corps. 17. Includes both the MH-60R and MH-60S. 18. Includes both the C-130 and C-130J. 19. Funding is public but program is classified. 20. Intelligence budgets are classified but were unofficially confirmed to be 44 billion in 2005.  Agency budgets are estimates from GlobalSecurity.org.  21. The Defense Health Program is an entitlement program within the discretionary DOD budget. 22. The national debt increases daily.  The 9.600 trillion is the estimated national debt on June 2, 2008, 180 days into the year.  The percentage is the change from June 2, 2007.


While researching my last post about classified military programs in the 2008 budget, I came across a database of present and past military CODENAMES, many of which are still classified. Usually names are created by combining two unrelated representational words but often with disastrous or bizarre results, like HARVEST PEOPLE or BIG SQUIRT. Some times the names completely fabricated like WHISPERING DEATH, and others I just have no idea what they were thinking like… uh.. CLARINET RAMROD. Below are some of the more unusual ones from hundreds that are know.

I should make it clear that I did not make any of these up, they all come from the US government.

Which are your favorites?

  • ACID TEST III – Joint U.S. Canada winter tactical deployment exercise held in Alaska in 1970.
  • ARCTIC CANDY – OpOrd, see Burning Candy
  • BACK PORCH – Tropospheric scatter communications system installed in Vietnam and linked with U.S. forces in Thailand.
  • BERNIE – USAF, classified intellgence program
  • BIG BELLY – Conversion program to enlarge conventional bomb load of B-52Ds, 12/1965-
  • BIG BIRD – The first of the reconnaissance satellites designed to perform both the search-and-find and close-look functions that previously required the use of separate spacecraft.
  • BIG SQUIRT – A broadcast station operated by Voice of America just below the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Vietnam and built by Page Communications.
  • BLOW HOLE – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency effort connected with target location and identification.
  • BONUS DEAL – A Strategic Air Command project to identify directed bombing.
  • BRICK BAT – A top priority that gives defense contractors precedence over other commercial companies in obtaining critical materials.
  • BRILLANT PEBBLES – SDIO, Space-based Laser/Recon
  • BUBBLE DANCER – OpOrd for U-2, world-wide U-2 weather sampling operations
  • BUGGY RIDE – A Strategic Air Command alert force launch from a single base.
  • BURNING CANDY – SAC OpOrd for RC-135C, RC-135D Rivet Brass, RC-135M Rivet Cord, and RC-135T Rivet Dandy missions, 1967-1971+; including: Arctic Candy, Baltic Candy, Cuban Candy and Mediterranean Candy.
  • BURNT POTATO – The Strategic Air Command north route first refueling track.
  • BURP GUN – A Strategic Air Command refueling track over western New York.
  • BUS TOKEN – Canadian high altitude air refueling Area 1 within the Strategic Air Command.
  • BUSY BEAVER – A Strategic Air Command manual (2005).
  • BUSY BIKINI – A Strategic Air Command track from Great Falls, MT to Minot, ND.
  • BUSY JEWELER – A Strategic Air Command visit of a VIP in February 1971.
  • BUSY ROBOT – Strategic Air Command model 154 operational test and evaluation exercise.
  • BUTTER FREEZER – Strategic Air Command refueling Area 3.
  • BUXOM BELLE – Strategic Air Command refueling track.
  • BUY NONE – A version of a USAF directed ORIT mission.
  • CHICKEN LITTLE – A mortar developed by the Army.
  • CHINESE MODEL – A complete four-station ACCUFIX chain.
  • CHROME DOME – Airborne Alert flights of B-52s from base out to a point from which the nuclear mission would not be executed without valid message from National Command Authority.
  • CHURCH PLATE – A Navy program to develop an airborne system able to gather information on distant targets and relay to launch platforms.
  • CLARINET RAMROD – A high classified Naval Electronics Command project formerly known as BOWLINE. It is related to CLARINET ANCHOR, the new name for SEA ANCHOR.
  • CLASSIC WIZARD – A Naval communications program with a master station on the island of Guam. Another facility will be on Adak Island, Alaska. (related to Surveillance/SIGINT satellite, launched 04/1976 ?)
  • CLUSTER GIRL – A classified Naval intelligence program initiated in FY77.
  • COBRA TIME – The collection of technical electronic intelligence by airborne Air Force platforms. Program cancelled.
  • COLD CLIMATIC – Air Force support to the Department of Transportation Climatic Impact Assessment program, cancelled.
  • COLD DRAFT – Warm fog dispersal by helicopter at March AFB, cancelled.
  • COLD MOUNTAIN – Military Airlift Command commanders conference in 1973.
  • COLLEGE BLAST – Aerospace Defense Command CQM-10A drone program.
  • COLLEGE COED Continuation of SDS operation by the Aerospace Defense Command.
  • COLLEGE DROPOUT – Aerospace Defense Command operational plan 41-65.
  • COLLEGE FAKER – Aerospace Defense Command training deployment and redeployment of EB-57 aircraft.
  • COLLEGE FINALS – Aerospace Defense Command fault detection tester interface program.
  • COLLEGE GIRLS – Air Force high level intercept activity against U-2 aircraft.
  • COLLEGE FLASH – Radar handoff procedures.
  • COLLEGE GOOF – Aerospace Defense Command procedures for identifying messages.
  • COMBAT ANGEL – Chaff-seeding, ordnance delivery by drone, 1967+; AQM-34G/H/J/Q/R; controlled by DC-130A using AN/APW-23, AN/UYK-15; AN/ALE-2/-38;
  • later AQM-34V, updated AQM-34H/J and new-built AQM-34V, used for ECM, 1974+
  • COMBAT POLKA – Operational test of the interface between the Air Force F-4D aircraft and Falcon (AIM-4D) missile.
  • COMBAT VULCAN – Infrared countermeasures for tactical aircraft
  • COMFY BRUTE – An Air Force engineering installation capability program.
  • COMFY DRESS – Electronic transmission reports of interference, jamming and intrusion, cancelled.
  • COMFY FLUFF – Analytic reports concerning anti-ballistic missile tests and exercises in electronic warfare, cancelled.
  • COMFY MUSIC – Service test of the Watkins-Johnson CEI-555 receiver, cancelled.
  • COMFY SPROUT – Denotes intelligence messages for the commander at Air Force Security briefings.
  • COMMANDO BANANA – Beddown of forces at Korat, cancelled.
  • COMMANDO INDIAN – The Air Traffic Regulation Centers (ATRC) segment of the Air Force’s Tactical Air Control System, 407L Program.
  • COMMANDO SOAP – A 15th Air Base Wing operations plan, cancelled.
  • CONSTANT CARIBOU – An Air-to-Surface weapon system evaluation program for anti-aircraft systems.
  • CONSTANT LOCUST – An Air Force Europe air-to-surface weapon system evaluation program, cancelled.
  • CONSTANT RAP – Additional ABNCP Autovon ground entry points.
  • CONSTANT VOLUME – A deployment evaluation and demonstration of the AWACS APR-75.
  • COOL MIDGET – Utilization and support of the 25th TASS.
  • COOL STUFF – An Air defense project, cancelled.
  • CORONET BACON – Tactical Air Command redeployment.
  • COTTON CANDY – OpOrd for KC-135A-II / RC-135D Office Boy, and KC-135A Rivet Stand missions, 1962-1965+
  • CRAZY CAT – A related system to CRAZY DOG employing an optical jamming system.
  • CREEK DONKEY – Name of an Air Force aircraft.
  • CROSS LEGS – A ground-based surveillance and early warning radar which the Chinese Communists developed.
  • CUTTY SHARK – A highly classified Navy program under the Naval Electronics Systems Command with GTE as prime contractor.
  • DANCING DOLLS – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project, also known as NIGHT LIFE, which developed Low Light Level TV systems with a laser illuminator as part of the Army’s overall night reconnaissance and surveillance program.
  • DEEP DISH – Naval Ordnance Lab project including unmanned, deep-sea diving assemblies capable of taking tons of equipment to the bottom of the sea and returning after a pre-set time with recorded data.
  • DEEP FREEZE – A Naval operation in Antarctica.
  • DIAMOND DUST – A DARPA project which dealt with nuclear explosions underground.
  • DIAMOND SCULLS – FY 1973 Department of Defense underground, nuclear weapons effects test.
  • DICE THROW – A high explosive field test program to simulate the effects of nuclear weapons on a large array of experimental test items.
  • DIDO QUEEN – FY 1973 Department of Defense underground, nuclear weapons effects test.
  • DIXIE CUP – A Ford Aerospace & Communications development of a ballistic missile penetration aid in the form of a metallic re-entry vehicle-shaped decoy that would radiate electronic jamming signals before the ICBM enters the earth’s atmosphere. Development conducted under the Air Force’s Advanced Ballistic Re-entry Systems program.
  • EGYPTIAN GOOSE – A DARPA study to determine the feasibility of suspending a surveillance radar from a tethered balloon over a combat area to get a close look at well-defended enemy positions as a substitute for exposing a manned observation aircraft to hazardous gunfire. It is also used to detect incoming unidentified aircraft.
  • ELEGANT LADY – USAF, classified tactical program
  • END GAME – Two efforts have been identified under this code name. The first is a DARPA/Army Missile Command program involving evaluation of aircraft equipped with advanced weapons; the second involves a Naval Weapons Center RFP for the design and fabrication of an END GAME simulator and optical system to be used for simulating a missile seeker’s range closure on a target.
  • EXOTIC DANCER – Joint exercise involving Navy, Army, Marine and Air Force units.
  • FACE LIFT – An Air Force recovery procedure.
  • GET WELL – A program on Tartar/Terrier/Talos to improve deficiencies in missile ships already built or under construction.
  • GHOST RIDER II – An Air Force drone contingency plan.
  • GIANT COMBO – Strategic Air Command operational test and evaluation of an ECM test and flight plan.
  • GIANT DEAL – A Strategic Air Command training operation.
  • GIANT PROFIT – A Minuteman modified operational missile test plan.
  • GIGANTIC JAM – Testing by the Tactical Air Command of ALT-28 electronic countermeasures equipment.
  • GIN PLAYER – SAC tests of Minuteman missile for identification and execution.
  • GLAD RAGS – A Strategic Air Command program restricting commanders to base.
  • GLAMOR GIRL – A program to move SR-71 aircraft to Europe.
  • GREENER PASTURES – An Army program for using Raytheon Hawk boosters with a 1,000 lb. bomb warhead with twice the range of the non-nuclear Lance, using the Lance launcher and distance measuring equipment.
  • GYPSY DANGER – A classified CNO (Chief of Naval Operations project supported by Rewson).
  • HARVEST PEOPLE – A logistics career management action plan.
  • HASTY LAD – A quick logistics automated data program.
  • HAVE ALIBI – An early program associated with the interdiction of enemy infiltration.
  • HAVE CAKE – Air Force exploitation of an ordnance system.
  • HAVE COFFEE – Airborne measurement of ballistic missile radiation; used U-2D ‘56-6721′
  • HAVE SPOON – Sino-Soviet Bloc aircraft landings on Air Force Systems Command bases.
  • HAVE DOUGHNUT – (or Have Donut) 1 MiG-21F-13, used for Air Combat Training at Groom Lake, USAF/USN joint project, predating Have Idea (1968)
  • HAVE FLAVOR – Exploitation of hardware by the Air Force Systems Command, cancelled.
  • HAVE NOVEL – Exploitation of a foreign rocket system.
  • HAVE EDUCATION – Exploitation of two foreign electronic and ordnance components.
  • HAVE DEGREE – Exploitation of a Soviet stainless steel ingot.
  • HAVE HEMP – Immediate procedures to cease operation of certain ECM equipment.
  • HAVE IDEA – Air Combat Training with various MiGs, to Constant Peg
  • HEAD COP – A Headquarters Command USAF program for continuity of operations plan.
  • HEAD DANCER – 3 EC-135K ‘55-3118′, ‘59-1518′, ‘62-3536′, 1961-1979
  • HEAVY CHEST – The bailment of C-7A aircraft to Air America, cancelled.
  • HEAVY CROWN – A civic action program to enhance the Air Force image, cancelled.
  • HEAVY HAND – An Air Force plan for dual basing in Europe, cancelled.
  • HEAVY SEESAW – A special air warfare study group, cancelled.
  • HIGH BOY – Code name of U-2 aircraft used in the Navy’s Aerospace Ocean Surveillance Program, an R&D effort aimed at advanced development of aircraft and spaceborne sensor systems to keep track of enemy movements on the sea surface, cancelled.
  • HIP POCKET – A Navy program to employ off-the-shelf equipment to improve ship defense against missile threats. The Navy is provided the equipment to see how it works, and to test its reliability at a very early stage. The system also aids industry in testing preliminary equipment.
  • HOT CHOCOLATE – A highly classified communications system. Consists of one shore station plus eight remote units (probably submarines), handled by the Office of Special Communications, out of Naval Electronic Systems Command.
  • HOT SHOT – An Air Force anti-nighttime infiltration weapon system.
  • HULA HOOP – System employs infrared vidicon cameras aboard KC-135 aircraft to measure radiation from targets.
  • IDEALIST – CIA codename for development of U-2
  • IVORY JUSTICE – Excercise, to improve UAE pilot readiness
  • JACK FROST I – Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) directed and coordinated exercise in Alaska, to test and evaluate command procedures.
  • JAZZ ROCK – JOINT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM/REGION OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER; A USAF plan to make joint use of Air Force and FAA radars for civil air traffic control and air defense needs. It would implement five regional control centers, including one in Alaska, to replace SAGE centers.
  • JUST CAUSE – Operation, to arrest General Noriega in Panama, 1989
  • LEFT FOOT – An improved airborne communications intelligence collection and direction finding system configured in an RU-21 Army aircraft.
  • LINEAR UNICORN – Classified Navy program.
  • LONG DRINK – This operation involves tests to keep helicopters in the air for long periods through fueling constantly via an aluminum tube to the ground.
  • LONG LEGS – Operation, […]
  • LOOKING GLASS – SAC Airborne National Command Post (ABNCP) program to maintain command and control of US forces after a nuclear attack, usually based on the EC-135E. Employs the AN/ARC-89(V) airborne secure UHF multiplex communications system.
  • LUCKY DRAGON – Initial U-2 deployment to OL-20 (Bien Hoa), see also Giant Dragon and Trojan Horse
  • MAD BOMBER – An Army weapons system used on helicopters that dumps mortar shells and fragmentation bombs on enemy positions by tilting a trough.
  • MAIN EVENT – A joint Army, Navy, Air Force test to determine by simulation the effects of nuclear blast on weapons, materials, ground shock and buildings.
  • MOBY DICK – Free-floating balloons fitted with high-altitude optical cameras, 1947
  • NIGHT LIFE – An Army Missile Command/DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project for the use of lasers, also known as DANCING DOLLS.
  • NYMPH VOICE – Also referred to as NYVO, this is an advanced development program sponsored by the Naval Air Systems Command with work performed by Magnavox, and believed to be an acoustic countermeasure device.
  • OFFICE BOY – 3 RC-135D ‘60-0356′, ‘60-0357′, ‘60-0362′, 1965-01/1967, to Rivet Brass, modified under Big Safari
  • OLD BOURBON – A test aircraft and the flight plan in support of a Strategic Air Command operational test and evaluation program.
  • OUTLAW BANDIT – USN, classified surveillance/C3I program ?
  • PALACE HOMECOMING – Career counseling and reassignment of returned POWs.
  • PALACE RETIREMENT – Retirement in lieu of PCS assignment action.
  • PAVE MOON – Nickname applied to the training program for the Air Force PAVE GAT system.
  • PEACE APPROACH – A radar approach control system for Iran, cancelled.
  • PEACE CRUSADE – NATO co-production of the F-16 aircraft.
  • PEACE HAWK – A fifth and final phase in the modernization of Saudi Arabia’s Air Force, involving approximately 100 Northrop F-5s.
  • PEACE PARROT – An Iranian Foreign Military Sales program, cancelled.
  • PEACE STRIKE – Foreign Military Sales of F-5B/E aircraft to Malaysia.
  • PEACE ZEBRA – Purchase of 160 F-16 aircraft by Iran from the U.S. Under the Ford Administration, DOD proposed that delivery begins in March 1979, a year ahead of schedule. The Carter Administration was to decide on delivery schedules.
  • PENCIL PUSHER – A deep underground silo basing mode for the MX being studied by Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
  • PENNY COUNTER – A mobile air transportable Univac 1050 II computer system.
  • PIPE CLEANER – An Air Force project for which a few B-47E aircraft were modified.
  • POINT BLANK – Joint Chiefs of Staff directed and coordinated exercise.
  • POST CARD – A classified program of the Defense Communications Agency.
  • PROUD PHANTOM – A joint US-Egyptian Air Force exercise, involving F-4 Phantom aircraft of both countries.
  • UPHOLD DEMOCRACY – Operation, ‘invasion’ of Haiti, 1994
  • UPPER HAND – A joint U.S. Norwegian exercise designed to promote proficiency in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), underway logistic support, and communications procedures.
  • URGENT FURY – Operation, invasion of Grenada, 10/1983
  • VARSITY SPIRIT – Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) directed and coordinated exercise.
  • VIGILANT SCHOLAR – AFSPC/AFIT Training Program, 12-month program to build in-depth aerospace knowledge and expertise for hand-picked officers, established 03/2000
  • WEDDING RING – An Army Missile Command intelligence analysis program conducted by Sylvania.
  • WEE LOOK – A multiple-band emitter surveillance equipment under development by McDonnell Douglas and Sylvania for use aboard Navy EA-3B and EA-3C aircraft.
  • WHISPERING DEATH – An air-deliverable quad 50 cal. machine gun capable of firing 2400 rounds per minute.
  • WHITE CLOUD – A Navy program for liquid propellant guns.


Each year when compiling data for the poster and going through the military budgets I come across dozens of classified programs. Sometimes the names bring up strange images of bizarre devices (CODENAME: LINK PLUMERIA) and sometimes they don’t (Special Update Program).

Below are a serious of images pulled straight from declassified military research and development budget documentation. Classified programs are highlighted with some notes on how they are classified. I thought it would be interesting to peruse since some of the programs can certainly provide a jumping off point for the imagination.

In the documents there are several different ways the military will classify a program. They will either give it a code name, like CHALK EAGLE or COBRA JUDY. Some of these names are related, like RETRACT MAPLE, RETRACT ELM, or RESTRACT LARCH, but I can’t really say whether the actually programs are related, they are after all… classified.

Other programs will have very vague names, like Special Update Program, Selected Activities, Combined Advanced Applications, or the trusty Classified Programs. And in some cases you will see the actual program name, Advanced Geospatial Intelligence, HUMINT (Controlled), or National Security Agency, but in these cases the funding is always classified, meaning, it simply isn’t listed. Funding for other classified programs and most codenamed programs is generally listed which can provide some insight into which stage the program is in.

So take a look at the part of the federal government that is unaccountable to you as a tax payer.

Below is a list of the all the codenames I was able to pull out of the various documents.

CODENAME — Funding in millions USD — suspected usage courtesy of designation-systems.net

  • TRACTOR HIP — 4.367 –”US Army, classified RDT&E program”
  • TRACTOR HIKE — 12.633 — “US Army, classified strategic RDT&E program”
  • TRACTOR CAGE — 18.448 — “US Army, classified strategic RDT&E program”
  • TRACTOR ROSE — 6.526 — “US Army, classified RDT&E program”
  • TRACTOR CARD — 16.573 — “US Army, appears to be an advanced tactical missile technology program”
  • CHALK EAGLE — 211.201 — “USN, tactical RDT&E program”
  • CHALK CORAL — 28.297 — “USN, tactical RDT&E program”
  • RETRACT MAPLE — 346.144 — “USN tactical RDT&E program”
  • LINK PLUMERIA — 88.748 — “USN, tactical RDT&E program”
  • RETRACT ELM — 79.144 — “USN tactical RDT&E program”
  • LINK EVERGREEN — 31.607 — ???
  • COBRA JUDY — 132.679 — “Ship-based radar system for TELINT and missile test surveillance (impact area surveillance); AN/SPQ-11 on board ‘USNS Observation Island’, stationary in middle of the Pacific”
  • COBRA BALL — ??? — “Optical system for re-entry research; follow-on to Rivet Ball, 1 RC-135S ‘61-2663′ Cobra Ball Minimum, then Cobra Ball I, 10/1969-1989+, modified under Big Safari”
  • FOREST GREEN — ??? — “USAF, intelligence collection operation, possibly SIGINT program for NSA”
  • RETRACT LARCH — 89.601 — ???
  • STORM — 27.107 — ???

Total $1,093,075,000. Thats one billion dollars for just the classified programs that got a codename.

I suppose a post like this brings up more questions than it answers. My apologies. My big question are, does the total $481 billion for the Department of Defense include all these line items where the funding levels are blank? … and if it doesn’t, then how much more are we talking about here?… and are there some programs, known as ‘deep black’ that don’t even get a classified line item in the budget?

I won’t be holding my breath for the answers.


The 2004 version took a year to complete.

The 2007 version took four months.

And the 2008 version is released in just over two months since the president released his Feb 5th budget request. Yes, hundreds of hours of pouring over thousands of pages of dreary monotonous budget documents, endless tables, and the cryptic military budget have finally paid off.

I present, Death and Taxes: 2008

Ok, thats a bit small. The big version is here. And I mean big! The flash version is 50% bigger than before which means more gorgeous detail. And what detail! There is so much more data this time around and in almost every department.

Some major improvements are:

  • The total budget including medicare, social security and all that jazz is now part of the poster as a smaller inline graph. Yes, I listen to your criticisms, er… I mean suggestions This graph is an economical dual hyperbolic tree / pie chart. I defy you to fit more information in a smaller a space!
  • There is no large circle for non-military spending. Many people got a bit hung up on this one so I removed it and now every department feeds directly into the main circle.
  • The Global War on Terror funding is completely expanded. Before it was just one lonely representational circle. Now it is an orgy of delicious and puzzling data, like $103 million for construction in Afghanistan. But wait a minute! There is also $118 million for construction in… California?
  • Some other departments that are more in depth include the Department of Transportation, Health and Human services, Treasury (IRS) and National Science Foundation.
  • Improved design! Its not so stark as the previous white on black so there is more room for the eye to roam around. Also some color has been added to spice up the sea of data.
  • The flash viewer got an over haul courtesy of Nick Alston over at na641.com. Its bigger, easier to navigate, and dead sexy.

I could go on but just check out the darn thing for your self.

I have sold over 1000 of the 2007 version and hope to double that this year. This is not just a high quality poster with numbers on it. It is a poster of your federal taxes, of your federal government, of our national priorities, of your very near future!

And it just happens to look delicious on your wall.


President Bush has often called attention to “”the unsustainable growth of federal entitlement programs,” and for good reason, for when put together they are majority of our federal taxes. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid also provide our greatest bang for our buck as much of our non-entitlement payroll taxes disappear into parts of the discretionary budget that have little impact on our lives. According to Bush and the Republicans, privatizing may be the answer, after all, corporations are trim and efficient, unlike the bloated bureaucratic federal government, right?


Wrong. Last year the highest paid federal employee was Bobby Ross, the head coach of the Army football team. He had an annual salary of $600,000. The President of the United States gets $400,000, but the perks are better. Other than those gentlemen, those earning over $150,000 a year are a rare breed.

The private sector, well that is a different story entirely. Below are two graphs. The first compares the government’s Medicare/Medicaid program to the nations largest for-profit private health insurer, UnitedHealth Group. The second is what would happening if our $564 billion Medicare/Medicaid budget were run like our nations leading private insurer.

Of course the second graph is a bit ridiculous. Obviously the American public would not stand for an administrator who receives a yearly $1.5 billion of its hard earned taxes. Yet, this is exactly what the American public tolerates with its corporate administrators. Well, guess what folks, you pay your health insurance from the same income that you pay taxes with. So why the double standard?

It is truly sickening that a company like UnitedHealth Group, whose policy of deciding which surgeries and medicines it will cover, affecting millions of Americans, can afford to spend $124 million a year on one man, William W. McGuire. By contrast, Leslie V. Norwalk, who is in charge of policies that affect many more Americans makes a tidy $143,250 as head adminitrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Invariably, people will say that under McGuire, UnitedHealth has become the most profitable health-care company in the United State.

Yet somehow, combining the terms “most profitable” and “health-care” leave an acrid taste in my mouth. I might get that checked out, when I can afford health insurance.


President Bush has often called attention to “”the unsustainable growth of federal entitlement programs,” and for good reason, for when put together they are majority of our federal taxes. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid also provide our greatest bang for our buck as much of our non-entitlement payroll taxes disappear into parts of the discretionary budget that have little impact on our lives. According to Bush and the Republicans, privatizing may be the answer, after all, corporations are trim and efficient, unlike the bloated bureaucratic federal government, right?


Wrong. Last year the highest paid federal employee was Bobby Ross, the head coach of the Army football team. He had an annual salary of $600,000. The President of the United States gets $400,000, but the perks are better. Other than those gentlemen, those earning over $150,000 a year are a rare breed.

The private sector, well that is a different story entirely. Below are two graphs. The first compares the government’s Medicare/Medicaid program to the nations largest for-profit private health insurer, UnitedHealth Group. The second is what would happening if our $564 billion Medicare/Medicaid budget were run like our nations leading private insurer.