By the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) estimates that total US spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will surpass $1.4 trillion. This total includes approximately $823 billion for operations in Iraq and $557 billion for operations in Afghanistan.
Funding for the war in Iraq has decreased significantly as troops are withdrawn, leading to a notably smaller total spending request for FY2012. Funding for the war in Afghanistan will begin to decrease slightly in FY2012, signaling a possible downward trend.
Annual war spending peaked in FY2008 at $185.7 billion.
Estimated Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding FY2001-FY2012
(in billions of dollars of budget authority)
|FY01 & FY02||FY03||FY04||FY05||FY06||FY07||FY08||FY09||FY10||FY11
(including FY11 est. and FY12 request))
|Enhanced Base Security||13.0||8.0||3.7||2.1||0.8||0.5||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1||28.7|
Analysis of Congressional Research Service (CRS) data. CRS totals include all funding provided in supplementals, bridge funds, continuing resolutions, omnibus, consolidated, and baseline appropriations for DOD, the State Department, and the Department of Veterans Affairs and exclude all items that are clearly not war-related. Enhanced Base Security signifies upgrades at U.S. military bases and other homeland security projects after September 11. FY03 subtotal of $81.2 billion includes $5.5 billion in funding that CRS cannot allocate. FY11 totals taken from the sixth FY11 Continuing Resolution. Totals may not add due to rounding.