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US military's $20bn air con bill


The US military's bill for air-conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan each year is about $20bn - about a third of the entire UK defence budget.

Retired Brigadier General Steven Anderson, who used to be chief logistician for General Petraeus in Iraq, explains the reasons behind the massive cost of keeping cool.

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