Gas in Afghanistan Costs $400 Per Gallon
And we worry about the price of gas here. The Pentagon estimates that by the time it lands fuel in Karachi, trucks it through Pakistan, moves it around Afghanistan and sometimes even flies it in helicopters, gas costs four hundred bucks a gallon. The Marines run through 800,000 gallons per day.
"The fully burdened cost of fuel is a recognition that there are a lot of other factors that come into play," said Mark Iden, the deputy director of operations at the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), which provides fuel and energy to all U.S. military services worldwide.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Conway, told a Navy Energy Forum this week that transporting fuel miles into Afghanistan and Iraq along risky and dangerous routes can raise the cost of a $1.04 gallon up to $400, according to Aviation Week which covered the forum.
And it is going to just get worse, as heavier mine-resistant vehicles are brought in to protect soldiers from roadside bombs.