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The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11

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With enactment of the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act H.R. 2764P.L. 110-161 on December 26, 2007, Congress has approved a total of about 700 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 Afghanistan and other counter terror operations Operation Noble Eagle ONE, providing enhanced security at military bases and Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF. This 700 billion total covers all war-related appropriations from FY2001 in supplementals, regular appropriations, and continuing resolutions including not quite half of the FY2008 request. Of that total, CRS estimates that Iraq will receive about 526 billion 74, OEF about 140 billion 20, and enhanced base security about 28 billion 5, with about 5 billion that CRS cannot allocate 1. About 94 of the funds are for DOD, 6 for foreign aid programs and embassy operations, and less than 1 for medical care for veterans. As of February 2008, DODs monthly obligations for contracts and pay averaged about 12.1 billion, including 9.8 billion for Iraq, and 2.3 billion for Afghanistan. The Administration requested 195.5 billion for war-related activities in DOD, StateUSAID, and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Medical programs for FY2008. Thus far, Congress has provided 90.3 billion for war needs. Congress hopes to pass both the pending FY2008 supplemental request of 105.2 billion and the amended FY2009 Bridge Fund of 70 billion before the Memorial Day recess. For FY2009, the Administration requested about 71.3 billion for war costs in baseline and bridge requests including 66 billion for DOD, 2.5 billion for State DepartmentUSAID foreign and diplomatic operations, and 1.3 billion for VA medical care for OIF and OEF veterans.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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