President Barack Obama made a major policy speech on Afghanistan Dec. 1, 2009. The speech includes his intention to significantly increase the number of U.S. forces deployed in the region to conduct combat operations and assist with the training of Afghanistan’s national security forces.
Prior to Fiscal Year 2010, combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan had been funded outside the normal Defense Department budget through “supplemental” spending bills. The Obama Administration pledged that it would end this practice after Fiscal Year 2009 and included, as part of its Fiscal Year 2010 budget request, a $130 billion request for “Overseas Contingency Operations,” the majority of which was dedicated to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Read the Afghanistan Fact Sheet on the National Priorities Project’s website.