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Since 9/11, The US Has Spent $21 Trillion On Militarization

Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran Ortiz
Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the cost of militarization since 9/11.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the US has spent more than $21 trillion on militarization, surveillance, and repression, all in the name of security, according to the Institute for Policy Studies’ report, State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11.

Last Thursday, the US House passed a $768 billion military spending bill on a 316-113 vote. The bill includes $25 billion more than the Biden administration requested.


Dr. Stephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War project at Brown University and senior researcher at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs

Lindsay Koshgarian, program director with the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit that works to make the federal budget accessible to the public

Web Resources: 

Brown University: The Costs of War Project

Institute for Policy Studies: STATE OF INSECURITY: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11

The Hill, Rebecca Kheel: House passes sweeping defense policy bill

The Washington Post: Corporate boards, consulting, speaking fees: How U.S. generals thrived after Afghanistan

Jacobin, Luke Savage: The War on Terror Militarized America More Than Ever

The New York Times, Spencer Ackerman: The Jan. 6 Riot Proves the Sept. 11 Era Isn't Over

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.