Bosnia: Cost Estimating Has Improved, but Operational Changes Will Affect Current Estimates.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The Department of Defense DOD has about 10,500 troops deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina hereafter referred to as Bosnia and surrounding countries as of July 1997 to assist in implementing the Dayton Peace Agreement. U.S. forces are part of a multilateral coalition under North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO command called the Stabilization Force, a follow-on mission to the original NATO Implementation Force. DOD estimates that the incremental costs of its participation in these NATO coalition forces will be about 6.5 billion for fiscal years 1996-98. We previously reported on DODs estimated costs for U.S. participation in the Implementation Force and the reasons why costs were higher than originally estimated. Because of Congress continued interest in this matter, we 1 reviewed DODS process for estimating the costs of contingency operations to determine whether the process has been improved since our prior reviews and 2 determined the basis for the fiscal years 1997-98 cost estimates and the impact operational changes could have on these estimates.
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