Cost of National Security

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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:

$712,168,519,610

Cost of War in Iraq Since 2003

Cost To:

$816,396,928,119


Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

Cost To:

$1,528,465,447,729

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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:

$297,065,406,017

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (FY2014)

Cost To:

$4,716,963,319

Nuclear Weapons (FY2014)

Cost To:

$10,789,194,911

Tomahawk Cruise Missile (FY2014)

Cost To:

$178,910,245

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Weapons Support

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


Foreign Military Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$7,882,435,213

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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:

$750,283,847,108

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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:

$39,903,711,143

Environment (FY2014)

Cost To:

$15,795,032,806

Food & Nutrition Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$63,620,278,544

Foreign Aid (FY2014)

Cost To:

$12,089,077,140

Housing Assistance (FY2014)

Cost To:

$23,313,285,214

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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.