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How much did the Gulf War cost the US How much did the US pay for the Gulf War above and beyond the yearly cost for supporting its military The US Department of Defense estimated the incremental cost at 61 billion This additional cost included deployment construction and operations in the Gulf However 54 billion was offset by contributions of other members in the Coalition Two-thirds of the 54 billion was provided by the Gulf States 36 billion with the remaining one-third mostly provided by Japan and Germany 16 billion Notes on the graph Payments were made in one of two ways with financial assets Cash and with services such as sealift and airlift In-Kind As of March 1992 there was a shortfall in receipts compared with commitments The total amount committed was 54 billion but only 529 billion had been received The shortfall was 11 billion Saudi Arabia provided the US Military with fuel food water local transportation and facilities accounting for the In-Kind assistance This accounted for 25 of the Saudi commitment to the US Military presence and was 71 of all In-Kind contributions The US paid roughly 7 billion less than 12 of the total US cost and less than half what Saudi Arabia and Kuwait paid Why is the cost of the Gulf War to the US and how the US paid for the war interesting Along with the large scale engagement of international forces the US had over 500000 troops while non-US Coalition forces were roughly 160000 or roughly 24 of all forces the large international contributions to defer the cost of the war for the US deployment provides an indication of how deep international support for that war was at least amoung those countries wealthy enough to provide the contributions In the end the war cost the US only 7 billion
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