The Watson Institute at Brown University, funded by the Eisenhower Institute, has published a wide-ranging new study of Iraq and Afghanistan war costs that was compiled by some 20 academic contributors and led by Professors Catherine Lutz (Brown) and Neta Crawford (Boston University). Contributors include Andrew Bacevich (BU) , Winslow Wheeler (Center on Defense Information), Anita Dancs (National Priorities Project), Ryan Edwards (Queens College, NYU) and many others. Linda Bilmes wrote the section of the report that estimates the costs attributable to veterans medical care and disability benefits.
The study focused particularly on war costs that have occurred (or been incurred but not yet paid) during the past decade since September 11, 2011. It features important new work on the casualties and costs to defense contractors, and the social impact on military families. The section by Winslow Wheeler analyzes the increases in the defense base budget over the past decade. Portions of the report focus on costs to Iraq and to the region. The website includes a range of charts and tables. The study covers overlapping, but somewhat different ground, from the Stiglitz-Bilmes study.