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The True Costs of U.S. Military Bases and Military Presence Overseas

Click here for a full research paper providing a detailed discussion of the calculations in this article (and below). 


Table: Calculating the Costs of U.S. Military Bases and U.S. Military Presence Abroad

All data FY2012 unless indicated by * where some data from 2004, 2008, 2011.


OMITTED SPENDING CATEGORY
TOTAL
Pentagon “Overseas Cost Summary” Total
$22,148,900,000
Missing Countries
435,404,000
Territories,* Possessions, and Pacific Island Nations
3,621,220,000
Naval Vessels and Personnel outside U.S. Waters; Prepositioned Ships and Stocks; Other Sealift, Airlift, and Mobilization
5,244,562,000
Health Care, Military and Family Housing Construction, Exchange* and Postal Service Subsidies
12,526,099,520
Net “Rent” Payments and NATO Contributions (Funds from Other Nations Subtracted*)
6,850,087,520
Counternarcotics, Humanitarian, and Environmental Programs
681,420,000
Classified Programs, Military Intelligence, and CIA Paramilitary Activities
13,558,891,583
War Costs (Personnel, Operations & Maintenance, Military Construction, Health Care, 18% of State Department Aid as “Rent,” Other)
104,896,568,660
GRAND TOTAL
$169,963,153,283
 

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