Retract Larch


$23.2 billion of the Pentagon's 2004 budget request is for "black" programs, the highest amount of classified defense spending since 1988:

Some black spending in the Pentagon budget is designated for code-named programs such as the Army's "Tractor Rose" and the Navy's "Retract Larch." But sources said some names may be accounting fictions that do not stand for actual programs. Other classified spending is accounted for under such bland headings as "special activities."