"Costs of Major
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The Vietnam War (1965-1975) cost an estimated $686 billion in 2008 dollars, the CRS said.
The total cost of the American Revolution (1775-1783) was $101 million, or about $1.8 billion in 2008 dollars.
The cost of World War II (1941-1945) was about $4.1 trillion in 2008 dollars, and consumed a massive 35.8% of gross domestic product. The
These estimates include various caveats and limitations spelled out by CRS.
"All estimates are of the costs of military operations only and do not include costs of veterans benefits, interest paid for borrowing money to finance wars, or assistance to allies," the CRS report indicated.
"Comparisons of costs of wars over a 230 year period... are inherently problematic," the new report cautioned.