According to the latest Congressional Research Service accounting of the cost of operations in the Global War on Terror, the Administration would have spent about $319 billion on operations in Iraq and $88 billion for Afghanistan. These numbers include the most recently approved Fiscal 2006 emergency supplemental funding, signed into law June 15. DOD has spent another $26 billion on enhanced base security. CRS calculates that the average monthly Pentagon tab for Iraqis about $6.4 billion and for Afghanistan is $1.3 billion. The Congressional analysts also note that when compared to Fiscal 2004 these averages are 28 percent higher for Iraq and 18 percent higher for Afghanistan.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.