All-righty. Seems to me the most crucial single measurement is the "burn rate," or billions spent per month. Problem with measuring the cost is that it's been growing every year (Greater use of air power? Greater use of mercenaries?). I've included a chart, but bottom line, the US is "burning" about $11 billion per month.

Fiscal YearTotal billions spent"Burn rate" per month
FY 03$53$4.42
FY 04$75.9$6.33
FY 05$85.5$7.13
FY 06$102$8.5
FY 07$133.6$11.13

MonthWeek DayHour
$11.15 Billion$2.6 Billion$370 Million$20 Million