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December 21, 2005

$112b in total new HLS spending since 9/11

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,Homeland Defense — by Christian Beckner on December 21, 2005

Steven Kosiak at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) has released a solid analysis today that tries to measure total federal funding for defense, homeland security, and national security since 9/11. The full analysis can be downloaded at this link.

Kosiak finds a total net increase of $754 billion in federal spending since 9/11 above expected baseline pre-9/11 spending, adjusted for the rate of inflation. Of that total, he estimates that approximately one-third has gone for the war in Iraq, and one-third for national security spending that has little or nothing to do with the war on terror.

The remaining third, for activities directly related to 9/11, includes spending for the war in Afghanistan, recovery from the attacks, and homeland security.

Kosiak calculates the total net and cumulative homeland security spending attributable to 9/11 to be equal to $146 billion, of which $34 billion went to the DOD for homeland defense activities, and the remaining $112 billion for civilian homeland security activities.

This $112 billion represents approx. a doubling of homeland security spending above the pre-9/11 baseline, when adjusted for inflation.

This is solid analysis and is worth a read.

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December 21, 2005 @ 11:47 pm

[…] These numbers that they quote are much higher than any rigorous analysis of homeland security spending would support. Compare these reports from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office or the recent analysis from the well-respected Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments that I blogged about yesterday. How can the private sector market for homeland security be nearly the same size as total homeland security spending – and yet, somehow DHS still has the money left over to pay 180,000 salaries? The reality is that the $130 and $400 billion figures that they cite are estimates for homeland security spending in the whole world – not just the US – and includes many homeland defense activities at the Department of Defense in addition to core homeland security. (For the distinction between homeland defense and homeland security, see here.) This is just plain shoddy journalism. […]

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