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06-27-2006, 11:16 PM
... Army, Marines Cite High Cost to Replace Weapons (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/27/AR2006062701155.html). Via Reuters:

Replacing, repairing and upgrading worn-out equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan would cost $17.1 billion in the next fiscal year, the U.S. Army's top general said on Tuesday, warning that failure to foot the bill could harm troop readiness.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker said that sum included $4.9 billion in "reset" costs that were not funded in fiscal 2006.

Military equipment costs in Iraq and Afghanistan were seen at around $12 billion to $13 billion a year for each year they continued and up to three years thereafter, he said.

Schoomaker told a House Armed Services Committee hearing that if the equipment was not replaced or repaired, "You'll see a rapid drop off in readiness."...

More at the Christian Science Monitor - Army Equipment Costs in Iraq, Afghanistan May Triple (http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0627/dailyUpdate.html).