Cost of National Security

Try using Cost of National Security with our Trade-Offs tool.

War Counters

What counts as national security depends on your perspective. Some people consider wars overseas to be national security.

Cost of War in Afghanistan Since 2001

Cost To:

$712,106,376,612

Cost of War in Iraq Since 2003

Cost To:

$816,394,696,961


Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

Cost To:

$1,528,401,073,573

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

Military and Weapons

Others consider the U.S. military, fighter aircraft, and the American nuclear weapon stockpile to be national security.

Department of Defense (FY2014)

Cost To:

$296,694,594,733

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (FY2014)

Cost To:

$4,711,075,379

Nuclear Weapons (FY2014)

Cost To:

$10,775,727,320

Tomahawk Cruise Missile (FY2014)

Cost To:

$178,686,921

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

Weapons Support

Some people consider giving weapons to other
countries to be national security.


Foreign Military Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$7,872,595,979

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

Homeland Security

After Sept. 11, 2001, we created the Department of Homeland Security and poured hundreds of billions of dollars into it, and some people consider that to be national security.


Homeland Security Since 9/11

Cost To:

$750,242,219,605

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

Other

Others think of national security as having enough to eat, a place to live, plus health care, clean air to breathe and water to drink,
and access to an education.

Education (FY2014)

Cost To:

$39,853,901,417

Environment (FY2014)

Cost To:

$15,775,316,689

Food & Nutrition Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$63,540,864,662

Foreign Aid (FY2014)

Cost To:

$12,073,986,975

Housing Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$23,284,184,453

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

Does our budget reflect your priorities?

  • Use our Trade-Offs tool to see the possibilities for how tax dollars from your state and city could be reallocated to different federal spending priorities.
  • Want to get involved? Visit our Take Action page to contact your legislators and the media and find additional ways to make your priorities heard.
  • Want to learn more about where your taxes go and stay updated? Sign up for our email list.
  • Think your friends would like to know about this tool? Join NPP on Facebook and share.
  • Tell us how you define national security and share your experience with federal programs through our Faces of the Federal Budget project.
  • Love NPP's work? Make a donation to support more tools like this one.

Why are these numbers different from the numbers in our Trade-Offs tool?

The numbers in Trade-Offs are projected total costs for a federal program in a given year. The numbers in the Cost of National Security counters are changing in real time to show how much has been spent on a program this year to date.