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Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy

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How Many Wars Is the US Fighting Today?

Linda Bilmes / Michael D. Intriligator
Published Online: 2013-05-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2013-0011


The US has withdrawn from Iraq and is planning to do likewise from Afghanistan in 2014. This article argues that the US has been fighting at least 5 wars, most of which are unannounced and undeclared, and are fought with air power and robotics technology.

Keywords: drones; US wars; robotic warfare


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Published Online: 2013-05-01

Paper presented at the 6th Defence and Security Economics Workshop, Monday, 14 November 2011 at the Royal Military College of Canada and Defence Management Studies, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.

U.S. Department of Defense, Base Structure Report, Fiscal Year 2010 Baseline.

U.S. National Security Agency, Military Construction Budget, Fiscal Year 2011 Estimates, http://comptroller.defense.gov/defbudget/fy2011/budget_justification/pdfs/07_Military_Construction/10-NSA.pdf

Area of Responsibility Countries, United States Central Command, Department of Defense, http://www.centcom.mil/area-of-responsibility-countries

Fact Sheet: United States Africa Command, May 12, 2012, http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=1644

The Predator War: What are the risks of the C.I.A.’s covert drone program? http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/26/091026fa_fact_mayer#ixzz2LrK6Kpbj

General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army, Commander, U.S. Central Command, The Senate Armed Services Committee on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategic Review and the Posture of U.S. Central Command, March 16, 2010, http://www.centcom.mil/pakistan/

See studies by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes which estimated the cost at $3 trillion (Bilmes and Stiglitz 2008); the Brown University “Costs of War” study in 2011, which estimated the cost at $3.7 trillion (http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/06/warcosts); and Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress (2008), which estimated the cost at $3.5 trillion (http://www.cfr.org/iran/war-any-price-total-economic-costs-war-beyond-federal-budget/p14794).

America’s Costly War Machine, Los Angeles Times, Spetember 18, 2011, http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/18/opinion/la-oe--bilmes-war-cost-20110918

Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 8–16, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, ISSN (Print) 1554-8597, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2013-0011.

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