Matters of Scale - The Price of Security

Estimated cost of securing Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, for the July 2005 Group of Eight (G8) summit
US $180,000,000

Average yearly earnings per 100,000 people living in the 18 poor countries pledged complete debt relief by the G8

Estimated cost of security and other preparations for the July 2006 G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia


President Bush’s fiscal year 2007 budget request for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Defense budget for fiscal year 2007

Al Qaeda estimated budget for one year


Estimated hourly cost of flying the U.S. president in Air Force One

Median value of a home in Arkansas County, Arkansas; Lefore and Tunica Counties, Mississippi; Kingman County, Kansas; Jackson County, Minnesota; Blaine County, Montana; and Hemphill County, Texas


Number of Google hits for the search term “global security” (July 20, 2006)

Number of Google hits for the search term “U.S. security”


Sources: Summit costs, earnings: London Sunday Times, June 19, 2005; CIA World Fact Book; Budgets: Department of Homeland Security, Budget-in-Brief Fiscal Year 2007; Department of Defense 2007 Budget Detail; the Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Air Force One cost, house value: USA Today, U.S. Census Bureau.