Is Port Security Spending Making Us Safer?

Author
Veronique de Rugy
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
Congress should direct home land security funding to program s that provide the greatest return in the most crucial security missions. Since the number of possible attacks is effectively unlimited and the resources we can devote to the fight against terror are limited, spending should not occur without a careful cost-benefit analysis. Most importantly, it is perfectly reasonable to decide not to implement an antiterrorism measure, not because it has no benefit, but because the costs are too high compared to the potential benefits. Of course, program s that are not cost effective should never be implemented.
Topic
Security, Defense Policy, Economics
Political Geography
United States