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The Defense Department is finalizing a war-cost spending request worth approximately $80 billion to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through next October, reports Inside Defense. The latest emergency supplemental proposal, which includes nearly $50 billion for new military hardware, could be sent to Congress as soon as next week.
“It’s almost ready,” said a Pentagon official of the second fiscal year 2009 supplemental spending request.
Added to the $66 billion “bridge” appropriation allocated by Congress to cover war costs through next spring, the approximately $80 billion request in the works would bring the total FY-09 Pentagon price tag for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to nearly $150 billion. Read the full Report (paid subscription required)