Matt Mayer at the Heritage Foundation has completed an important study analyzing federal, state, and local funding of homeland security.
The report emphasizes that homeland security is a “national enterprise.” It also highlights that the federal role in the national enterprise is comparatively modest. Mr. Mayer writes that in homeland security, “the instruments of national power do not reside on the banks of the Potomac River. Rather, the instruments of national power reside in the 50 state capitals and in the countless city halls and county commissions that appropriate billions of dollars annually for the men and women who patrol our streets, investigate potential terrorist plots, extinguish our structural and wild land fires, and respond in times of crises.”
Building on Chris Bellavita’s comments yesterday morning, the report describes one cloud after another cloud billowing across the horizon. Instead of giving you the CliffsNotes version, please read the whole report.