Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: Four Illustrative Scenarios for the Occupation of Iraq [open pdf - 21KB]
This is a letter from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin to Congressmember John M. Spratt Jr. regarding cost estimates for military occupation scenarios in Iraq. From the Letter: "CBO has estimated the cost of four illustrative scenarios for the occupation of Iraq. The length of the occupation and force levels associated with each scenario are based on the guidelines prescribed in your request letter. Assumptions about air operations, force rotations, and the number of mobilized reservists are based on the most recent data provided by the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as CBO's analysis of past contingency operations. Assuming enactment of the President's request for supplemental appropriations, the total budget requirement associated with the occupation of Iraq under scenario 1 would be about $200 billion over the 2004-2013 period, about $155 billion under scenario 2, about $100 billion under scenario 3, and about $85 billion for scenario 4."
Congressional Budget Office: http://cbo.gov