The Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan.
The statistic is likely to play into the escalating debate in Congress over the cost of a war that entered its ninth year last week.
Pentagon officials have told the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee a gallon of fuel costs the military about $400 by the time it arrives in the remote locations in Afghanistan where U.S. troops operate.
is a number that we were not aware of and it is worrisome,” Rep. John
Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense panel,
said in an interview with The Hill. “When I heard that figure from the
Defense Department, we started looking into it.”