Afghani$cam: $400-a-Gallon Gasoline

December 7th, 2011

Via: Wall Street Journal:

Parachuting a barrel of fuel to a remote Afghan base takes sharp flying skills, steady nerves and flawless timing.

It also costs a lot of money—up to $400 a gallon, by military estimates.

But the Pentagon is stuck with the expense for the foreseeable future, especially given the recent deterioration in U.S.-Pakistani relations.

“We’re going to burn a lot of gas to drop a lot of gas,” said Capt. Zack Albaugh, a California Air National Guard pilot deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. He spoke just before a recent mission to supply a remote base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, scene of cross-border rocket attacks that have heightened regional tensions this fall.

2 Responses to “Afghani$cam: $400-a-Gallon Gasoline”

  1. Calm Says:

    $400 per gallon gas to drive debate over cost of war in Afghanistan
    By Roxana Tiron
    October 15, 2009
    http://thehill.com/homenews/ad.....ghanistan-

    The Costs of Shipping Fuel to War Zones
    By Paul McLeary
    November 10, 2009
    http://www.aviationweek.com/aw.....d=blogDest

    Afghanistan’s Oil Binge: 22 Gallons of Fuel Per Soldier Per Day
    By Noah Shachtman
    November 11, 2009
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroo.....er-per-day

  2. Kevin Says:

    22 Gallons of Fuel Per Soldier Per Day

    Wowzers.

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