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

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With passage of the FY2006 supplemental by both houses H.R. 4939, P.L.109-234, Congress has appropriated a total of about 437 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. For FY2007, the authorization H.R. 5122S. 2766 and appropriation bills H.R. 5631 of both houses provide 50 billion as a bridge fund to cover the first part of FY2007 war costs. This would bring the war total to 487 billion. Other FY2007 appropriation bills include about 2 billion for foreign and diplomatic operations and VA medical costs. In floor action before the August recess, the Senate added 13 billion for DoDs war reset costs. If all of these funds are approved in conference, including the recent Senate increase, funds appropriated for the Global War on Terrorism will total 502 billion. In its July 2006 mid-session update, the Office of Management and Budget OMB estimates that war funding in FY2007 will total 110 billion, including the 50 billion bridge fund in the current DoD bill H.R. 5631. Based on this OMB assumption, cumulative war funding through FY2007 would reach about 549 billion, including all agencies. The Administration has not yet submitted its FY2007 supplemental. OMB also assumes a 50 billion bridge fund for FY2008. DoD has not provided Congress with the individual costs of each operation. If the 50 billion bridge fund for FY2007 is approved in conference, CRS estimates that Iraq will receive about 361 billion 74, OEF 97 billion 20, and enhanced base security about 26 billion 5, with about 4 billion that cannot be allocated based on available information 1.

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

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