Accession Number:

ADA495709

Title:

Iraq and Afghanistan: Security, Economic, and Governance Challenges to Rebuilding Efforts Should Be Addressed in U.S. Strategies

Descriptive Note:

Congressional testimony

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2009-03-25

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

From fiscal year 2001 through July 2008, Congress provided more than 808 billion to the Department of Defense DoD for the Global War on Terrorism, including military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, since fiscal year 2003, about 49 billion has been provided to U.S. agencies for reconstruction and stabilization in Iraq and 32 billion for similar efforts in Afghanistan since fiscal year 2002. In February 2009, President Obama announced a new U.S. strategy for Iraq and plans to develop a new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan. This statement is based on GAOs extensive body of work -- more than 150 products since 2003 -- examining U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2003, GAO has made recommendations to DoD, the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, GAO has recommended that the U.S. government develop detailed and updated strategies and operational plans to guide these efforts. The agencies have efforts under way to implement some of these recommendations.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE