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Report: Military Equipment Removal in Afghanistan to Cost $5B-$6B

mraps2According to officials, the ongoing military hardware removal from Afghanistan will cost $5 billion to $6 billion from 2012 to 2014.

First Theater Sustainment Command commanding General Brig. Gen. Steven Shapiro told Defense News that the “number of vehicles in Afghanistan has dropped by nearly half in the past year.”

Defense News reports that there are 25,000 vehicles and 100,000 containers that still remain in Afghanistan.

“Ground commanders are able to nominate this equipment as they assess the needs and maintenance capabilities of their Afghan partners and numbers will vary,” he went on.

Most of the hardware will be flown out of Afghanistan or taken by road to the Pakistani port of Karachi.

Shapiro noted that the “retrograde from Afghanistan is one of the most challenging military transportation operations in history in terms of scale and complexity.”



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