Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11 [Updated June 16, 2006]   [open pdf - 240KB]

From the Summary: "With passage of the FY2006 supplemental by both houses (H.R. 4939, P.L. [Public Law] 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 9/11 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. The $437 billion total does not include the $50 billion 'placeholder' figure for FY2007 war costs that is listed in the FY2007 budget. Although the Administration has not formally submitted its request, the House and Senate authorization bills (H.R. 5122/S. 2766) provide $50 billion for war costs in specific accounts as does the House appropriations bill reported this week (no number yet). If that $50 billion is enacted, war appropriations would total about $487 billion, presumably covering part of FY2007's costs. […] Based on an alternate path that assumes a drawdown from about 258,000 troops currently engaged in these operations to 74,000 in FY2010, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that war costs could total $371 billion between FY2007 and FY2016. Adding that amount to the $437 billion with the FY2006 supplemental, total funding for Iraq and the GWOT could reach $808 billion by 2016. DOD's [Department of Defense] annual war funding rose from about $73 billion in FY2004 to $102 billion in FY2005, and may reach $118 billion in FY2006 based on funds appropriated for this year. This report will be updated as warranted."

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