Research

Costs of War: 12th-year update

The Institute-based Costs of War project has released its updated figures for the human and financial costs of the US war in Afghanistan that began 12 years ago. Costs of War researchers estimate that the financial cost to the US of war spending so far, as well as war costs obligated for the future such as veterans’ health care, totals $1.6 trillion. An additional $3 trillion may be due through 2053 for interest payments on borrowing to finance the war.