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  • What $75 Billion Looks Like
    Posted by Paul McLeary 5:45 PM on Mar 21, 2012

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    Over the past decade, the United States has spent about $75 billion to build the Iraqi and Afghan military and internal security forces, supplying them with everything from uniforms and guns to helicopters, tanks, fighters and armored vehicles. Most of that was spent in Afghanistan, where the U.S. expended $50 billion on the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) under a plan to hand over security duties to locals once NATO departs in 2014. Those numbers look even more bloated when compared to the $20 billion the U.S. spent on the Iraq Security Forces Fund in 2003-10.

    A good portion of those expenditures jump from U.S. government coffers into the hands of the defense industry. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), in 2011 U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) topped $30 billion for the fourth year, reaching $34.8 billion. Afghanistan ranked on top with “purchases” of $5.4 billion, while Iraq came in sixth at $2 billion.

    Read the whole thing here in the March issue of DTI...

    Tags: afghanistan, iraq, ar99

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