Saturday, July 2, 2011

Costs of War

How much has the US spent on war since 2001?  $3.2-4 Trillion!

In the course of researching intelligence issues related to the adoption of CT over COIN in Afghanistan (coming soon), I have come across a website that brings a marco assessment of the costs of war - broadly defined. It has some credible academics associated with it who have done important work in the field, including Linda J. Bilmes, Neta C. Crawford, and Andrew J. Bacevich. The site is worth exploring and looks quite comprehensive. Some will quibble with the political leanings of some of the specialists associated with the site and that might be fair - but show me a credible alternative! I doubt there is one.
This is from their site and is an interesting summary - I'd like to see the data behind it.

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