According to the Department of Defense, total spending on military programs through fiscal year 2013 is estimated to exceed $1.6 trillion. This figure is cited in the Selected Acquisition Report that the agency submitted to Congress in March.
The total program costs reflect both money that's already been spent and money projected to be spent, in dollars unadjusted for inflation.
Based on the information in the report, CNBC.com presents the 10 most expensive military programs. Included are the insights of Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington. Wheeler worked on national security issues for such senators as David Pryor and Pete Domenici.
Read ahead to see the most expensive U.S. military programs currently under way.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 29 Nov. 2012