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.
Vietnam War (1965-1975) cost an estimated $686 billion in 2008
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
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
The Iraq war took 6.2% of gross domestic product in
"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 $225 million."
The 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."
DoD Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, or "Operation Garden
Plot," is developed in response to the major protests and disturbances of
November 18, 1988
Executive Order 12656 defines
emergency as "any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack,
technological emergency, or other emergency, that seriously degrades or
seriously threatens the national
security of the US."
Since this date the US military has been
training troops and police in "civil disturbance planning".
Estimated value of the weapons, equipment and
factories devoted to the
DoD is 83% of the
value of all plants and equipment in US manufacturing.
2008 "The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has
spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle,
helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
they're training for the same mission at home.
Beginning Oct. 1 for 12
months, the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be under the day-to-day control of US
Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call
federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters,
including terrorist attacks.
After 1st Brigade Combat Team finishes its
dwell-time mission, expectations are
that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that
the mission will be a permanent
They may be called upon to help with
civil unrest and
crowd control." - Army
Times, September 30, 2008 On December 17, 2008,
"A new report
by the US Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon
resources and troops being used should the
economic crisis lead to civil unrest,
such as protests against businesses and government or
runs on beleaguered banks.
study says economic
collapse, terrorism and
loss of legal order are
among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the
US" - Phoenix Business Journal
civil violence inside the
US would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis
to defend basic domestic order and
national security." - Army
War College report
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