US Foreign Policy

US Counterterrorism Spending Since 9/11


Sixteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States does not have a fully accurate measure of how much it is spending on the fight against terrorism. Stimson’s nonpartisan study group has for the first time, provided an initial tally of total counterterrorism (CT) spending since 9/11, to examine gaps in the understanding of CT spending, and to offer recommendations for improving U.S. government efforts to account for these expenditures. CT spending has become a substantial component of total discretionary spending for programs across a wide range of areas, including defense, education, and medical research. Still, the United States currently lacks an accurate accounting of spending on CT. Without accurate data, policymakers will have difficulty evaluating whether the nation spends too much or too little on the CT mission, and whether current spending is doing its job effectively or efficiently. Join Stimson as it launches its study group report and provides the first-ever accounting of counterterrorism spending from 2002-2017.

WHAT: The first-ever public accounting of counterterrorism spending from 2002-2017. The event will feature the public release of Stimson’s study group report, “Protecting America While Promoting Efficiencies and Accountability.” This event will be on-the-record. Lunch will be served.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: May 16, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Amy Belasco, former specialist, defense policy and budget, Congressional Research Service; former analyst, Congressional Budget Office, Office of Management and Budget, and Government Accountability Office.
Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute; former principal defense adviser to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME); former fellow, Department of Defense.
Luke Hartig, executive director, Network Science Initiative, National Journal; fellow, New America; former senior director for counterterrorism, National Security Council.
Laicie Heeley, fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Stimson Center
Tina Jonas, nonresident senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies; former under secretary of defense (comptroller), Department of Defense; former assistant director and chief financial officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation; former deputy undersecretary of defense for financial management, Department of Defense.
Mike McCord, director, Civil-Military Programs, Stennis Center for Public Service; adjunct research staff member, Institute for Defense Analyses; former under secretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer, Department of Defense.
John Mueller, Woody Hayes senior research scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University; senior fellow, Cato Institute.

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