The Cost of Guantanamo

Total Guantanamo Bay Prison Facility Costs

  • Cost of Guantanamo prison facility up to the end of 2015: $5.687 billion
  • Cost for 2015: $445 million
  • Not included in above costs:
    • Cost of camp headquarters, built in 2004: $13.5 million
    • Cost of Camp 7 (for “high-value” detainees): Classified
    • Cost of Justice Department, FBI, and CIA involvement in detention operations: Unknown

2014 Costs

  • Money appropriated by Congress for un-built fiber-optic cable: $31 million
  • U.S. Army costs for operations and maintenance, including contract intelligence analysts, librarians and linguists: $61.5 million
  • U.S. Navy costs for detainee operations security: $46.5 million
  • Money paid to Naval Base Guantanamo: $67.4 million
  • Military Commissions complex, including security, translation, flights from DC: $121.8 million
  • Review boards for Guantanamo detainees not cleared for release: $15.1 million

Guantanamo Prison Compared to U.S. Federal Prison

  • Annual cost per detainee at Guantanamo: More than $10 million
  • Annual cost per prisoner at federal Supermax prison (Florence, CO): $78,000
  • Annual cost per prisoner at federal maximum security prison: $34,046
  • Annual cost savings of moving detainees to U.S. prison according to Defense Department plan to close Guantanamo: $65-85 million


Carol Rosenberg, “Texas firm wins $3.1M contract to lay fiber-optic cable to Guantanamo,” The Miami Herald, May 15, 2014:

Representative Adam Smith, Statement at Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on “Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights Implication,” July 24, 2013:

Department of Defense GTMO Facility Costs, December 7, 2014:


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Published on January 20, 2017


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