Pentagon war cost estimates unreliable.
* Congress has for years been fighting the Pentagon Pentagon
Huge five-sided building (1941–43) in Arlington, Va., that is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. Designed by George Edwin Bergstrom, it was, on its completion, the world's largest office building, covering 34 acres (14 hectares) and offering over war costs. A major point of contention has been the Defense Department's insistence that war expenses for Iraq Iraq or Irak (both: ēräk`, ĭrăk`), officially Republic of Iraq, republic (2005 est. pop. 26,075,000), 167,924 sq mi (434,924 sq km), SW Asia. and Afghanistan operations be approved outside the regular budget process. These so-called emergency supplementals have increased from $14 billion for fiscal year 2002 to $189 billion for 2008. Critics question why, six years into the wars, the Pentagon refuses to estimate costs in the regular budget. The answer may be that the Pentagon can't be sure its estimates are accurate because it lacks an integrated accounting system to gauge the cost of operations, says the Government Accountability Office The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the United States Congress, and thus an agency in the Legislative Branch of the United States Government. . The Defense Department requires military agencies to use a 10-year-old accounting system called the Contingency Operations A military operation that is either designated by the Secretary of Defense as a contingency operation or becomes a contingency operation as a matter of law (10 United States code (USC) 101[a]). It is a military operation that: a. Support Tool to develop cost estimates for combat deployments. But GAO says that system was designed for smaller contingency operations, such as peacekeeping peace·keep·ing
Of or relating to the preservation of peace, especially the supervision by international forces of a truce between hostile nations.
peace and disaster relief, not necessarily for large-scale wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan.