costs of major US wars
DoD spending on the war in Iraq has nearly matched
the cost of the war in Vietnam, according to a new Congressional Research
Service analysis of the financial costs of wars throughout United States
Total post-911 United States military spending has exceeded
the cost of Vietnam by a considerable margin.
The ongoing war in Iraq
has incurred an estimated $648 billion to date, and total post-911 military
spending including the Iraq War, Afghanistan and other terrorism related
military expenditures has reached $859 billion.
The Vietnam War (1965-1975) cost
an estimated $686 billion in 2008 dollars.
The total cost of the
American Revolution (1775-1783) was $101 million, or about $1.8 billion in 2008
dollars and less than 1% of gross domestic product.
The cost of World
War II (1941-1945) was about $4.1 trillion in 2008 dollars, and consumed a
massive 35.8% of gross domestic product.
The Iraq war took 6.2% of
gross domestic product in 2008.
"All estimates are of the costs of
military operations only and do not include costs of veterans benefits,
interest paid for borrowing money to finance wars, or assistance to allies,"
the CRS report indicated.
Costs of Major United States Wars,
Congressional Research Service, July 24, 2008
"The Pentagon's new Defense Media Activity (DMA) -- which
"combines formerly separate Pentagon media organizations, such as the Armed
Forces Radio and Television Service, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and the
Pentagon Channel" -- needs someone to run it.
The Defense Department is looking for an "energetic and imaginative executive"
to oversee "2,400 military,
government and contract employees around the world and a budget of more than
DMA is tasked with communicating "messages and themes" from
Pentagon officials and
providing "a wide variety of information products" to
Pentagon staff, servicemembers and their
families, veterans and "external audiences."
The DMA also provides
"high quality visual information products, including Combat Camera imagery
depicting United States military activities and operations."
to the Army Times, "development of the group and its first-year budget has been
given to Bryan Whitman, since the job of his supervisor ... is vacant."
Whitman's name frequently appears in the
The DMA "will not include the America Supports
You public relations
program," which is currently under investigation for funneling PR and
marketing contracts through Stars and Stripes.
Whitman said America Supports You "wasn't placed under the DMA
because it is not of the same 'nature' as other external information programs."
- Washington Post, August 25, 2008
Veteran Pentagon consultant Michael
Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, told his fellow panelists
that the new president's inner circle should "set aside time in transition to
identify the planning, gravitas and interagency process necessary to respond to
a likely first-270-day crisis."
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