Washington (CNN) The Pentagon has put the cost of President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy at about $400 billion, according an analysis by a nonpartisan think tank.
That compares to the $450 billion estimate in its most recent defense budget blueprint released in February, which was a bit more than the $480 billion estimate put forth by President Barack Obama in his last year in office.
The analysis, based on a 2016 study by RAND Corporation, said the United States will have spent roughly $450,000 per soldier for every soldier it will eventually send in.
The new estimates come from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
The report is a first step in an effort by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Defense Secretary James Mattis, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, to put the full costs of the president’s plan in context, according the report.
The Pentagon will release the report later this month.
Trump has said the cost will be around $2 trillion and he’s considering more than $3 trillion in additional defense spending, though the Pentagon has yet to provide an estimate of how much additional spending he will actually commit to.
The U.N. has been critical of the Pentagon’s spending estimates.
Mattis has defended the plan, saying it will help “secure and sustain peace and stability” in Afghanistan.
It’s unclear how many troops the United State will send to Afghanistan, but it has been reported that the United Kingdom and France will be providing an additional 30,000 troops and the Netherlands will send 4,000.
The RAND study found that U.K. forces would cost an estimated $7,500 per soldier, while France and Britain are estimated to cost about $12,000 and $13,500, respectively.
It also said the total costs of U,S.
troops would be roughly $20 billion over the first 10 years of the troop surge.
The latest Pentagon estimates are a reminder of how complicated the war in Afghanistan is, with more than two years of U:S.
combat operations in the country, a number of U-turns by the Taliban and a lack of a clear strategy from the Obama administration.
It was the U.W.’s own assessment of how the war will end that led to Trump ordering a drawdown in December 2016, the last time the U:W.
authorized a drawback.
A Trump administration official told CNN on Wednesday that Trump is likely to announce a final troop surge in the coming weeks, and a final decision on the troop numbers will likely come before the end of the year.
The last time Trump announced troop levels was December 2017, just months after Trump took office.
But a new RAND report on the Afghanistan surge has put a more accurate figure on the war’s cost, with a cost estimate of $600 billion.
The Trump administration has also released a budget proposal that includes an increase in defense spending to about $550 billion, but the latest RAND analysis puts that increase at $500 billion.
While the Pentagon is projecting that it will spend $450.5 billion in the Afghanistan war, that’s not all the new spending will cost.
A number of military items will likely increase, including a new $2.8 billion military housing complex in Kabul that will house about 200,000 U.H.V. patients.
The proposed $1.4 billion construction of a new airfield for the UHV will also increase the number of planes flying over the country.
The current airfield has been in use since 2012 and was the site of UH.
L.S., the U-2 spy plane.
The administration is also looking to build a new airstrip in Kandahar province, which would serve as a hub for training U.R.H., the Afghan air force.
The cost of a U.F.O. landing pad near the Afghan capital of Kabul will also add a few thousand more troops.
There are also a number new defense contractors who are getting their first look at the new bases and training programs.