by Travis Sharp
COST OF TROOP INCREASE & IMPACT ON OVERALL DEFENSE BUDGET
Adding 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan will cost $30 billion during Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. (12/1 speech)
This $30 billion comes in addition to the previously requested FY 2010 defense budget of $68 billion for Afghanistan, $62 billion for Iraq, $534 billion for DOD’s “base” budget, and $22 billion for nuclear weapons and miscellaneous defense needs.
Altogether, the troop increase in Afghanistan will push total U.S. defense spending in FY 2010 to approximately $716 billion.
PUTTING COSTS IN PERSPECTIVE
References are to fiscal years
In 2010 alone, U.S. military spending on Afghanistan will equal nearly one-half of total spending on the war since 2001.
The United States will spend 92 percent more on military operations in Afghanistan during 2010 than it did during 2009.
In 2010, the troop increase in Afghanistan will cost each individual American taxpayer $195 dollars.
In 2010, the troop increase in Afghanistan will cost $2.5 billion per month, $82 million per day, $3.4 million per hour, $57,000 per minute, and $951 per second.
In the time it takes you to read this post, the troop increase in Afghanistan will have cost $85,500.
In 2010, the United States will spend more on Afghanistan than every other country in the world spends on defense individually, with the exception of China. Of course, total U.S. defense spending in 2010, at over $700 billion, will be roughly five times greater than China’s total military budget.
With the additional $30 billion to be spent in Afghanistan during 2010, the United States could:
- Double the amount spent on nuclear nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, and demining ($1.6 billion)
- Double U.S. support of migrants and refugees throughout the world ($3 billion)
- Quadruple the Civilian Stabilization fund for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq ($1.5 billion)
- Triple federal funding for renewable energy research and development ($7.4 billion)
- Double overall contributions to international institutions like the WHO and IAEA ($2.1 billion)
- Double federal funding for DHS First Responder and CDC Disease Prevention programs ($4.2 billion)
- Strengthen capacity of Coast Guard to close off the far-more-likely route of nuclear weapons coming into the United States – through ports ($6 billion) (USB 2010 report)