29 Sep '14, 1am

Todd Harrison @CSBA publishes #ISIL ops cost estimate for US. #Exclusive.

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has been pegging the operations against the terror group known as ISIL at $7 million to $10 million a day. If you extrapolate that across a year it comes very close to the $3.8 billion estimate that Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has come up with in a new report estimating how much the American taxpayer will pay to “degrade and destroy ISIL.” Breaking D readers will remember the Friday remarks of Gen. Martin Dempsey , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to the effect that the Pentagon faces budget “problems” because of the ISIL operations and is rebuilding its budget for next year to pay for these operations. Estimating the Costs of Operations against ISIL Here are the three scenarios Harrison worked for his estimates: “Assuming a moderate level of air operations and 2,000 deployed ground forces, the costs would likel...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2014/09/likely-isil-ops-costs-...

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