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1 Ekim 2012 Pazartesi

National Research Council Reports Shocking Support Costs for Army Air Defenses

Source: Lexington Institute; issued September 24, 2012
(© Lexington Institute; reproduced by permission)

Last week the federal government's prestigious National Research Council released a report on ballistic missile defense that will inform policymaker decisions on funding options.
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Here's how the total was arrived at. Each Patriot battalion consists of four missile and radar batteries that individually cost $184-202 million per year to operate and support. Thus, the annual cost of a full battalion is $735-809 million. The Army has 15 such battalions, so the annual cost to operate and support the entire program, both at home and abroad, is $11-12 billion. Multiply those amounts by 20 years of operations, and you get to the staggering total of $220-240 billion. And like I said, that doesn't include the cost of airlift to foreign air zones, which is covered by the Air Force budget, or R&D, which is funded outside the Army's operations and support budget.
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http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/138727/pac_3-operating-costs-hit-%2412bn-per-year.html



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