Osama bin Laden's death will have little effect on the cost of the war on terror, Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CNBC Monday.
"I think the near-term impact of this is going to be minor. The mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues. That’s not going to change today or in the next year," he said.
The search for bin Laden and other al-Queda leaders was the "top priority for our intelligence agencies," Harrison said. The Obama administration is seeking an increase in the national intelligence program budget from fiscal 2011's $50 billion to $55 billion in fiscal 2012.