Add another $50 billion to the tab the Bush administration is looking to run up in military costs for the  ’08 fiscal year, bringing the potential total to around $200 billion if this latest request goes through.

The New York Times:

The increase would bring the amount the administration is seeking to finance the war effort through 2008 to almost $200 billion. Much of that money will go to refurbishment of military equipment and to the purchase of new protective equipment for troops, officials said, an indication of the toll that years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken on military vehicles, aircraft, weapons and other items.

Defense officials said earlier this year that the Pentagon would need a war budget of $141 billion in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The additional request for nearly $50 billion, which was first reported in The Los Angeles Times on Saturday, will be presented by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, the Pentagon said. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and senior military officials are also expected to attend the hearing.

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