Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion
By the CNN Wire Staff
• "War on terrorism" is second most-expensive war in
• Adjusted for inflation, World War II cost more than $4 trillion
• The cost of the wars in
Washington (CNN) -- The
Adjusting for inflation, the outlays for conflicts in
The report "Cost of Major U.S. Wars" by the Congressional Research Service attempts to compare war costs over a more than 230-year period -- from the American Revolution to the current day -- noting the difficulties associated with such a task.
Since the the 9/11 terror attacks, the
World War II consumed a massive 36 percent of
Comparisons of costs of wars over a 230-year period, however, are inherently problematic, the report says.
"One problem is how to separate costs of military operations from costs of forces in peacetime. In recent years, the DOD (Department of Defense) has tried to identify the additional 'incremental' expenses of engaging in military operations, over and above the costs of maintaining standing military forces."
"Figures are problematic, as well, because of difficulties in comparing prices from one vastly different era to another," according to the report. "Perhaps a more significant problem is that wars appear more expensive over time as the sophistication and cost of technology advances, both for military and for civilian activities."
The costs associated with the "war on terrorism" could still go much higher.
A Congressional Budget Office estimate from 2007 said the cost of the wars in
by 2017, more than double the current amount.
CNN's Ed Payne contributed to this story.
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