War on Terrorism Continued

Department of Defense (DOD) Budget vs Federal Budget

The overall percentage of the Federal Budget devoted for the Department of Defence (DOD) is 19.27%.
Note: if you want to read the FULL FederalBudget pdf-iconclick here.

National Budget
Simple Org Chart of DOD

How the DOD Breaks Down the Rest of the World

DOD Base Budget vs Discretionary Budget

DOD Budget divided by Obligations


pdf-icon Department of Defense (DOD) FY2011 Budget Request Overview (3.641MB)

pdf-icon The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11 (550k)

pdf-icon Funding for Military Ops in Iraq and Afghanistan (277k)

pdf-icon US and the World Military Spending (295k)

Department of Homeland Security

Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security (over a trillion now).

This article, “pdf-icon Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security,” by John Mueller and Mark Stewart, should be required reading for every senator and representative in Congress, no matter what. And they should be forced to actually read it, completely, from front to back.

The cumulative increase in expenditures on US domestic homeland security over the decade since 9/11 exceeds one trillion dollars. It is clearly time to examine these massive expenditures applying risk assessment and cost-benefit approaches that have been standard for decades. Thus far, officials do not seem to have done so and have engaged in various forms of probability neglect by focusing on worst case scenarios; adding, rather than multiplying, the probabilities; assessing relative, rather than absolute, risk; and inflating terrorist capacities and the importance of potential terrorist targets. We find that enhanced expenditures have been excessive: to be deemed cost-effective in analyses that substantially bias the consideration toward the opposite conclusion, they would have to deter, prevent, foil, or protect against 1,667 otherwise successful Times-Square type attacks per year, or more than four per day. Although there are emotional and political pressures on the terrorism issue, this does not relieve politicians and bureaucrats of the fundamental responsibility of informing the public of the limited risk that terrorism presents and of seeking to expend funds wisely. Moreover, political concerns may be over-wrought: restrained reaction has often proved to be entirely acceptable politically.

To put it really plainly, we are vastly over-spending when it comes to “security” compared to the actual risk that terrorism poses.

Homeland Security Org Chart


04.20.2011. 13:43

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