September 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US military hopes to slash the cost of training Afghan forces over the next several years, partly because commanders expect the Taliban insurgency to decline, a top US general said Monday.
The United States has forecast that the annual price tag of training and equipping Afghan security forces in coming years would drop to about $6 billion but the officer overseeing the effort, Lieutenant General William Caldwell, said the cost likely will be much less.
“So what I will tell you is, from the efforts that have been ongoing here, it’s going to be significantly lower than that ($6 billion),” Caldwell told reporters by video link from Kabul.
“We do in fact expect the level of insurgency to go down, we do in fact expect to find more efficiencies in how we do things…,” he said.