My ex used to have a Top Secret clearance. I am not revealing anything here to let you know that basically, the people that have these clearances have to justify their specialness by stamping all kinds of crap Secret.
He also used to work on a budget and there were all kinds of "black" items in the budget that he was not allowed to question. He used to try and was basically told, "dude, shut up, this is not a way to get promoted." So, he could jigger with little line items but someone's multi-million dollar pork project (and some of these projects were just so laughable you would not believe) - no way he could cut that out of the budget. Let the troops use substandard armor as long as the fat cats in Kansas have their boondoggle to fill up their bank accounts.