The US spent $ 1 tn on arms since 9/11

Nov 03, 2011 12:00 AM


US defence procurement funding since the year 2000.

US has spent roughly $ 1 tn on new weapons since the 9/11 attacks, using the money that were supposed to be spent on US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The services capitalized on funding to modernize their forces, especially the major weapons programs that constitute the heart of the services' capabilities," a new report by Stimson Centre said.

Some 22 % of the roughly $ 1 tn spent on weapons since 9/11 comes from "supplemental" war funding, which are voted on separately from the regular defence budget.
The bills are primarily intended to keep day-to-day operations running in Iraq and Afghanistan, meaning that if a member of Congress votes against a supplemental spending bill, the lawmaker will be exposed to charges of not "supporting the troops" in harm's way.

"After reviewing what procurement funding bought in the past decade, it is clear the military successfully modernized its capabilities, especially in building on existing systems and incorporating those not even anticipated," the report said.
The debt ceiling legislation, which was signed into law by US President Barack Obama, contains $ 350 bn in defence cuts.

Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has warned that the potential defence cuts were "completely unacceptable" and would damage US security, and the ability to protect the nation.
Capitol Hill conservatives and Pentagon are fighting cuts to defence spending, arguing that the military is limping off the battlefield with decrepit hardware. The Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2010 was $ 680 bn, a reminder of the vast size and reach of America's global military power.

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