Seems like every other week we hear that Ukraine is getting some military aid. Or civilian aid.
The numbers are fairly consequent, often $1+ billion on the US side. Other NATO countries also chip in.
While it looks like a considerable commitment, I am wondering how it compares, at a total yearly spending level, to what was being spent in Afghanistan. Those numbers tended to be buried, at least for the US, in special budget allocations for the US Department of Defense.
Mostly interested in its heyday, around 2011, when the US had 100k troops in Afghanistan.
How do 6 months for Ukraine in 2022 compare to the 2011 "burn rate" in Afghanistan (around that year would have the highest for US-only numbers)?
For reference, in 2018, by which time military activity was winding down, with about 16K US troops, the yearly direct Pentagon cost was $45B for Afghanistan and it had balooned up to $100B/yr before:
The costs now are still significantly lower than during the high point of the war in Afghanistan. From 2010 to 2012, when the U.S. had as many as 100,000 soldiers in the country, the price for American taxpayers surpassed $100 billion each year. There are currently around 16,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Yes, I know that the Afghanistan mission was different in nature, not least because it involved sending in NATO combat troops. This is just about the budgetary impact (and yes, the Afghan numbers should include the cost of keeping NATO/US troops in-country).
Either the USA-only or the NATO numbers are of interest.
Also, leave out sanction costs, which would be a whole other can of worms, but also harder to reliably track.
p.s. if totaling up NATO, keep in mind that: the UK pulled out of combat roles in 2014, Canada did so in 2011 and pre-2008/9 US numbers may very include Iraq as well. A number of countries also had levels of engagement which varied over time. So combined peaks are tricky to figure out.