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

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CRS estimates that Congress has appropriated a total of about 368 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 Global War on Terror GWOT operations, Operation Noble Eagle ONE providing enhanced security at military bases, and Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF, Iraq. This total includes the 50 billion for war costs included in DoDs regular FY2006 appropriations, but not the pending FY2006 War Supplemental or the 50 billion placeholder figure included in the FY2007 budget. DoD has not provided Congress with the costs of these three operations. Of the 368 billion appropriated so far, CRS estimates that Iraq will receive about 261 billion 71, OEF 77 billion 21, and enhanced base security about 26 7 billion, with about 4 billion that cannot be allocated based on available information. About 90 of these funds are for DoD and about 9 for foreign aid programs and embassy operations, and less than 1 for medical care for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. If Congress approves the additional 71 billion requested in the FY2006 Supplemental H.R. 4939 for Iraq and OEF -- 67.9 billion for DoD and 3.4 billion for aid and embassy costs -- total war-related funding would rise to about 439 billion. CRS estimates that total includes about 320 billion for OIF, about 89 billion for OEF, and about 26 billion for enhanced security. On a monthly basis, DoD spent an average of about 6.4 billion for OIF, 1.3 billion for OEF, and 180 million for enhanced base security in FY2005. Compared to FY2004, these averages are 28 higher for Iraq, 18 higher for OEF, and 33 lower for base security. If a FY2006 supplemental is approved, these monthly spending levels would increase.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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