Pricing an Afghanistan troop buildup is no simple calculation: The White House estimate is twice the Pentagon’s

Christi Parsons and Julian E. Barnes. Los Angeles Times, 23 November 2009.,0,3233273.story


…in a memo early this month, obtained by The Times‘ Washington bureau, the Pentagon’s own comptroller produced an estimate that broke with the customary Defense formula and did include construction and equipment.

That memo said the yearly cost of a 40,000-troop increase would be $30 billion to $35 billion — at least $750,000 a person. An increase of 20,000 would cost $20 billion to $25 billion annually, it said — a per-soldier cost equal to or greater than the White House estimate.

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