Cost of National Security

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On September 30, 2015, the last day of the federal fiscal year and the deadline for the new year's budget, Congress passed legislation known as a "continuing resolution" to continue government funding at fiscal year 2015 levels until December 11, 2015. The counters will reflect those funding levels for fiscal year 2016 until new budget information is available.

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

Cost of Military Action Against ISIS

Cost To:

$10,663,925,044

Cost of Pentagon Slush Fund

Cost To:

$125,530,428,863

Cost of War in Afghanistan

Cost To:

$743,580,065,800

Cost of War in Iraq

Cost To:

$819,664,110,248


Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

Cost To:

$1,702,647,192,751

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

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

Department of Defense in 2016

Cost To:

$413,706,182,503

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2016

Cost To:

$6,736,848,242

Nuclear Weapons in 2016

Cost To:

$15,759,705,272

Predator and Reaper Drones in 2016

Cost To:

$834,737,090

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

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


Foreign Military Assistance in 2016

Cost To:

$10,197,793,493

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

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:

$693,895,556,325

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

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 in 2016

Cost To:

$83,725,890,571

Environment in 2016

Cost To:

$21,205,351,560

Foreign Aid in 2016

Cost To:

$21,048,147,518

Housing Assistance in 2016

Cost To:

$35,001,643,842

Medicaid and CHIP in 2016

Cost To:

$292,573,917,499

Nutrition Assistance in 2016

Cost To:

$91,210,276,788

Trade-Offs: What else could these dollars buy?

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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.

Last Updated: May 28, 2015