26 Oct '13, 8pm

U.S. spending per servicemember in Afghanistan? $2.1M via @jtr1

U.S. spending per servicemember in Afghanistan? $2.1M By J. Taylor Rushing Tweet Published: October 25, 2013 WASHINGTON — The U.S. will be spending $2.1 million for each military servicemember in Afghanistan this fiscal year, compared to $1.3 million last year, even though total force strength will continue to decline, a Washington think-tank report said this week. The nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimates that force strength will fall from 63,181 in the last fiscal year to 38,431 this year, but per-member costs will jump because the number of personnel is falling by 40 percent while costs are only declining by 10 percent. Among several explanations: The military will be paying the costs of closing bases and shipping equipment and personnel back to the U.S. The CSBA's Todd Harrison, author of the report, also cautioned that not all war-relate...

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