Op-ed by Costs of War contributor William Hartung on the US budgetary costs of post-9/11 wars: "The $5.6 trillion figure raises two fundamental questions. What did we pay for, and what were the results?"
The Daily Beast cites a Wall Street Journal article on the Costs of War Project's new study. The study "aimed to reflect the costs of war not considered by the Pentagon—including the costs that weren’t taken on by the Defense Department in the first place."
A new study released by the Costs of War Project projects the U.S. budgetary costs for post-9/11 wars to reach $5.6 trillion by the end of the fiscal year 2018. "The new study...aims to reflect costs the Pentagon doesn’t include in its own calculations, since war costs aren’t borne by the Defense Department alone."
Findings from the Costs of War project are cited in an opinion piece written by a West Point graduate and longtime journalist. "...according to the Cost of War Project at Brown University, our presence in Afghanistan has cost us $2 trillion over 16 years. Think of it. Two trillion dollars."
This article describes a Pentagon study that says that the average American taxpayer has spent $7,500 on combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, but qualifies this number by saying it would be far higher if the study had used Costs of War Project estimates of dollars spent on these wars, which are much more comprehensive than the figures used by the Pentagon.
Tensions are building over plans to build a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines over the coming decades at defense contractor Electric Boat. The Costs of War Project at the Watson Institute recently published a paper that found military related spending generated fewer direct positions and supply-chain jobs per $1 million in government money than clean energy, health care, education or infrastructure.
Op-ed by Costs of War contributor Noah Coburn on immigrant contractors: "Tens of thousands of contractors who serve in Afghanistan are from 'third-party' countries, as highlighted in a report released this week by the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. While it was often assumed by soldiers and US policy makers I interviewed that these contractors in more civilian-esque roles are in less danger in warzones than soldiers, there is little evidence to support this."
NBC News cites the Costs of War Project in tallying the total budgetary costs to the U.S. of the war in Afghanistan: $783 billion through fiscal year 2016, and $1.8 trillion when factoring in long term spending.
CNN cites Neta Crawford, Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, who estimates that roughly $2 trillion has been spent so far on the war in Afghanistan. "But even that figure leaves out some key expenses, such as the future costs of interest Americans will owe for the money borrowed to finance the war in Afghanistan. That alone could add trillions of dollars to the total tab."
On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs began offering urgent mental health care to former service members with other-than-honorable discharges. The article mentions a recent report from Brown's Watson Institute that shows other-than-honorable are on the rise.
The Fiscal Times features the Costs of War Project's latest study on “bad paper” discharges, which "have grown from 5.5 percent during the Gulf War era to 6.5 percent since America went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
"The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it would begin offering emergency mental health services starting July 5 to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges – following through on a departmental change that VA Secretary David Shulkin promised in March. The change acknowledges the population of veterans has been denied needed care, but it doesn’t go far enough, according to a report released last week from Brown University."