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Spending Smarter: Prioritizing Homeland Security Grants by Using National Standards and Risk Criteria

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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Matt A. Mayer

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (National security)

Keywords: HomelandSecurity; disaster reponse; Homeland Security grants; natural disaster

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


It is past time to build a national disaster preparedness and response system grounded on the Department of Homeland Security's Target Capabilities List and to allocate funds based strictly on whether funding requests would build the right capabilities in the right places at the right level. This would minimize or eliminate underinvestment in some areas and overinvestment in others.