Cost of National Security

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Last Updated: May 28, 2015

War Counters

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

Cost of Military Action Against ISIS

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Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

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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 in 2015

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2015

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Nuclear Weapons in 2015

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Predator and Reaper Drones in 2015

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Weapons Support

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

Foreign Military Assistance in 2015

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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.

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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.

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Environment in 2015

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Foreign Aid in 2015

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Housing Assistance in 2015

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Medicaid and CHIP in 2015

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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.