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Cost Estimates of Global Military Operations Unreliable According to GAO

Global War on Terrorism: DOD Needs to Improve the Reliability of Cost Data and Provide Additional Guidance to Control Costs, GAO-05-882, September 21, 2005. Highlights.

  • “GAO found numerous problems in DOD’s processes for recording and reporting costs for GWOT, raising significant concerns about the overall reliability of DOD’s reported cost data. As a result, neither DOD nor Congress can reliably know how much the war is costing and details on how appropriated funds are being spent, or have historical data useful in considering future funding needs.”
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