The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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With enactment of FY2007 appropriations, Congress has approved a total of about 510 billion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans health care for the three operations initiated since the 911 attacks Operation Enduring Freedom OEF covering Afghanistan and other counter terror operations, Operation Noble Eagle ONE providing enhanced security at military bases, and Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF, Iraq. Of the 510 billion appropriated thus far, CRS estimates that Iraq will receive about 378 billion 74, OEF about 99 billion 19, enhanced base security about 28 billion 5 with about 5 billion that CRS cannot allocate 1. Generally, about 90 of these funds are for DOD, about 7 for foreign aid programs and embassy operations, less than 1 for medical care for veterans, and 1 unallocated. DOD has not provided Congress with the cost of each operation for all previously appropriated funds. For FY2008, DOD requested 481.4 billion for its regular or baseline budget and 141.7 billion for war costs. If Congress approves both the FY2007 and FY2008 war requests, total funding for Iraq and the Global War on Terror would reach about 752 billion, including about 564 billion for Iraq, 155 billion for Afghanistan, 28 billion for enhanced security, and 5 billion unallocated. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that additional war costs for the next ten years could total about 472 billion if troop levels fall to 30,000 by 2010 or 919 billion if troop levels fall to 70,000 by about 2013. If these estimates are added to already appropriated amounts, total funding for Iraq and the GWOT could reach from about 980 billion to 1.4 trillion by 2017.
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