US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee to testify for the request of 189.3 billion dollars to fund the War On
Terror for 2008.
The amount is 42.3 Billion dollars greater than the Bush Administration estimated when it prepared its 2008 budget request in February. The increase is in part due to covering the increased cost of maintaining the "surge" into 2008.
Other costs are to buy more mine-resistant vehicles for US soldiers.
It should be noted that this budget is only for the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The administration's 2008 base defense budget totals a
separate $481 billion.