Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

The U.S. Defense Department is spending about $7.5 million a day on military operations to combat Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, an official said.

“The cost of ongoing activities in Iraq … has varied since the beginning in mid-June but, on average, it’s costing about $7.5 million per day,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Friday during a briefing with reporters.

It was the first time a U.S. official detailed the price tag of the mission to launch airstrikes against the al Qaeda-splinter group, Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, or ISIL, and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqi minorities. Military.com’s Richard Sisk has the story here.


Kirby’s figure puts the cumulative cost of the operations from June 16 through Aug. 26 — slightly more than two months — at more than a $500 million.

President Barack Obama in June ordered military advisers into the country and in early August authorized airstrikes against the militants and airdrops to provide food and water to Iraqi civilians trapped by the terrorist group, which controls swaths of Iraq and Syria.

“It didn’t start out at $7.5 million per day,” Kirby said. “It’s been—as our [operational tempo] and as our activities have intensified, so too has the cost.”

Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, on Wednesday told Military​.com that he estimated the cost of the airstrikes alone at more than $100 million.

Harrison estimated the cost of the airstrikes between $74 million and $110 million, including between $56 million and $83 million for more than 1,200 surveillance sorties, between $14 million and $21 million on munitions, and between $4 million and $6 million for about 100 strike sorties.

The Pentagon’s overall price tag indicates the mission may cost as much as, or even more than, the U.S.-led intervention in Libya in 2011, which totaled almost $1 billion in less than five months.

“We have upped our presence in the Persian Gulf,” Kirby said. “We have intensified surveillance flights over Iraq. We have conducted nearly 110 … airstrikes inside Iraq. So believe me, this building and the United States military shares the same sense of urgency over the situation in Iraq and the threat that ISIL poses.”

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We are running out of money and people and soon won’t be able to field a large enough and well trained enough force to suppress everyone we don’t like in the whole world. Perhaps then the politicians who wage these wars will volunteer for service on the4 front lines not in a cushy job at the Pentagon. won’t that be a day?
Meanwhile the Pentagon has found its ideal President in Obama who goes to war at the drop of a hat. Give hm another few years and he’ll age a few more. As for being thoughtful his persona is a smokescreen for indecisiveness and fear of making a mistake. It is a terrible way to run the country and even worse for foreign policy.

How much was the annual budget for OIF in 2008? 90 billion USD?

The problem is that the quality of our troops is so low. We have the largest most expensive military the world have ever seem by a large margin but it has a losers culture of lose and make excuses.

Budget is out of control. Think how many schools and educations $100 million would buy.

The US is losing support at home, we are being “hollowed out” to drive our military pursuits of dominance.

I have no support anymore for this killing of the yellow man, the infidel man, the bad man, or the scary monster that politicians see in the mirror.

Lets make the defense budget a volunteer payment to see the neocons and republicans put up their own money to foist their beliefs upon others. I can’t afford their beliefs.

You’ll find that 90% of the people who push for more military spending not only dont want to pay for it but are on the gravy train themselves.

Up military spending be cause I need a job
Up military spending be cause I need an education
Up military spending because I need rent assistance
Up military spending because I need health cover
Up military spending because I need a pension
Up military spending because my small company depends on buddies in the pentagon to sell its overpriced rubbish
Up military spending because I cant compete in the capitalist system
Take the money from the needy, sick the poor and old because that is socialism.

Our military isn’t a combat organization its the worlds largest entitlement scheme.

We have provided the Saudis with fighter jets and training in the US, why are they not supporting the the removal of ISIS?

Saudis are neutral. If anything they would probably prefer to negotiate with crazy ISIS radicals; and if they don’t like who they negotiate with, it’d be easier for them to invade a Shia-dominated country with crazy Sunnis on top versus trying to defend an ungrateful Iraq.

That’s what happens when companies invert and take their money out of the country. Short of turning this country into the world’s tax shelter money will continue to flow from personal incomes of consumers to companies and from there into instruments designed to minimize tax liability. The velocity of money is slowing, and consumer spending will never recover from the boom years of the Cold War. Pax America is dead in the globalized world, and as the technological gradient migrates from America to the rest of the world the last ace cards we have will go with it as well.

We still have a huge standing army and a large budget. The quality of the troops is not low, I think the general’s understanding of the nature of middle east fighting is low.

- army + military

But I can’t afford the bankrupt beliefs of the NeoComs; democrats are the ones outspending Pres. GWBush by a huge margin, –and these clumsy Neocoms have nothing to show in their foreign policy or their domestic policy but failure, and excuse after excuse.
/History majors, pay attention

The Saudi’s are suni’s. If they do anything the Shite’s will get interfere. And yes ISIS is Sunni and their enemy but this is the middle east.…neither logic or reason mean anything.

Good thing we have that large Contingent Operations fund to draw from to pay for military adventures, sort of like the piggy bank where we have been stashing money for a rainy day.

Its pouring now!

What? Its empty? We used some of the money to pay for preparations to refuel a carrier, to balance the budget against the evil of sequestration.… huh?

Every dollar of the contingency operations budgets is borrowed money, mainly from the Chinese and Japanese, so there’s no piggybank.

The Saudis are scared of the ISIS because, even though they’re both Sunnis, ISIS wants to topple the Saudi family kleptocracy. Instead of conning the U.S. into fighting Muslim religious civil wars, they need to send those 2,000 Saudi princes off to fight. We have NO business being involved in religious wars.

As I’m sitting here thinking about it, the air strikes against IS have probably already begun in Syria. Our allies Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel will not be overrun by IS. They’ve got the drones and F16’s to defend themselves.

In 3 years Kurdistan will be producing $400 million in oil per day. It is worth protecting.

It would be cheaper to run missions out of the brand new Erbil International Airport than from a carrier far away.

Still cheaper than JSF program.

But where would the oil get exported? And over which neighboring countries land?

South Sudan is still dependent on Sudan proper, for example

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