April 28, 2013
The attacks of September 11, 2001, were centered on New York City and Washington DC, and the terrorists boarded flights two flights from Boston, one from Washington and one from Newark. Three of the flights were headed to Los Angeles and one to San Francisco.
Sure enough, when one consults the amounts awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Urban Areas Security Initiative grants program (UASI) to large urban areas deemed “high threat,” five of these six cities are among the top six recipients: New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco and Newark. But Boston, which was struck by another terrorist attack on April 15, is only in tenth place…behind Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia.
Here is the list of the 20 cities receiving the largest urban security grants:
There are currently 31 high-threat, high-density urban areas that are eligible for funding. Allocation of the awards is based on DHS’s “risk methodology,” which involves analyzing “the relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.”
UASI is one of five projects in DHS’s Homeland Security Grant Program. That umbrella program spent nearly $1.8 billion in FY 2010. The total funding of UASI in FY 2012 was $490.4 million, which was distributed through 22 grants.
-David Wallechinsky, Danny Biederman
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