Procurement: March 17, 2005


The war in Iraq is expensive in terms of payroll, as well as ammo, weapons and other supplies. For example, in the next year, the U.S. Army plans to spend $13.8 billion on additional pay for troops involved in Iraq operations. Most of this money goes to full time pay for reservists, and special pay for those serving overseas and in a combat zone. In addition, temporarily increasing its personnel strength, from 482,000 to 507,000, will cost another $1.5 billion next year. 


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