The Cost of The war in Afghanistan is $2.26 Trillion and Counting – The war in Afghanistan, which has lasted nearly two decades, has cost the United States $2.26 trillion in losses, according to a new analysis by Brown University.
The Cost of The war in Afghanistan is $2.26 Trillion and Counting
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – But according to the Brown-Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, costs will continue to rise even after the last U.S. troops leave Afghanistan at the end of this year, as promised by the Biden administration.
A report on the cost of war released Friday by the Watson Institute calculates the staggering cost of America’s longest war as the Biden administration prepares to withdraw the last few thousand troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. The analysis compiles congressional budget estimates for the war, including operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to the report, the largest outlay of $933 billion, or 41 percent of total military spending, comes from the Pentagon’s overseas deployment operations.
The controversial OEO budget, which has been used to fund military operations, has grown significantly over the years, unaffected by budget constraints in other parts of the department.
However, Pentagon regulations have increased spending related to the war itself, in addition to the OCO budget and the cost of actually fighting the war in Afghanistan. According to the Watson Institute, total military spending has increased by another $443 billion, making it the third largest cost of war.
Borrowing $530 billion to cover the interest costs of the war was the second largest.
The U.S. also spent $296 billion to care for veterans of the Afghanistan war.
The State Department’s military budget alone amounts to $59 billion, according to the report.
But that spending has not increased. The Watson Institute’s analysis does not include the cost of caring for veterans over their lifetimes or future interest payments on money the U.S. borrowed for the war, it said.
The report estimates that as many as 241,000 people have died in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the war.
The war claimed the lives of 2,442 U.S. soldiers, six Pentagon civilians, 3,936 U.S. military contractors, and 1,144 allied soldiers. Also killed were between 66,000 and 69,000 Afghan army and national police soldiers, and 9,314 Pakistani soldiers and police officers.
According to the report, more than 71,000 civilians were killed, some 47,000 of them in Afghanistan and 24,000 in Pakistan. In addition, more than 51,000 opposition fighters have been killed in Afghanistan and 33,000 in Pakistan.
In addition, about 136 journalists and media personnel and 549 aid workers have been killed in the war.