Army Leaders May Want Extra Money for Afghanistan

Army Leaders May Want Extra Money for Afghanistan

U.S. Army leaders may soon ask Congress for supplemental funding to pay for “unanticipated war costs” as a possible solution to shortfalls in its overseas contingency accounts.

Actually it was Republican Sen. Susan Collins who brought up the idea of separate funding for the service to fix the $8.3 billion shortfall in its Overseas Contingency Operations account during a May 22 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

“The shortfall in the OCO account is more than the amount that has been caused by sequestration,” Collins said. “It seems to me that if unanticipated war costs – which are very difficult to estimate particularly in the kind of environment that we are in right now – accounts for the more than the Army’s entire sequestration shortfall that we need to address the portion of the fiscal 2013 budget shortfall with some sort of supplemental OCO request.”


The Army has submitted a request to reprogram about $5 billion from other programs to help offset the fiscal 2013 OCO shortfall.
“So right now, we have a $3.3 billion shortfall, and we are taking on risk, so … we may have to come forward and ask for some help,” Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno told lawmakers at the hearing.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “has left the door open for such a request,” Odierno said, referring to the $79.4 billion in OCO funding the Pentagon is asking for in fiscal 2014. “We want to make sure we need the money we think we are going to need,” Odierno said.

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Don’t pay this bill. Just cut our losses and leave. Haven’t we learned anything?

Afghanistan can’t support a new army or national police force with its poppy and drugs economy. Its will fall back into its historic backwater nation. Bin Laden is dead. Mission (really) accomplished.

Bin Laden’s dead. There will be some other terrorist to kill eventually.

Afghanistan has considerable mineral wealth. I think it will be up to investors in Dubai or Iran to go in as “fellow Muslims” and sort the place out. Pakistan could cut a deal with China to turn the Pashtun lands into an open strip mine, but all the fun stuff is probably in the Panjshir.

well said, Afghanistan will never learn how to live civilzed, they still in dark ages mentality. cut lose and run, lesson learned , we should have learned from soviets and never went there to begin with. instead of invading Afghanistan we should have send few missiles and killed OBL, 12yrs of nation building costed 2 trillion, 2 trillion could have build 12 bullet trains across usa to creat jobs. wars can not be won in modern age. live and let live,

Excellent. Leave our equipment behind, have our troops hitchhike home and cut ‘n run like Saigon in ’75. Pick-up a military history book; you may get some education.

Very true. And don’t forget to buy that return ticket. You might need it some day. A single F-16 squadron can stop a Taliban offensive in its tracks. Don’t forget that, and don’t let them forget that, either.

I would n‘t leave one piece of equipment for them two faced clowns.And if we did I would blow it up or burn it to the ground.

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