Launching a limited cruise missile attack on Syria wouldn’t cause
immediate financial problems for the cash-strapped U.S. military.
Although the Navy typically keeps only two destroyers in the region,
the stronger presence comes at a relatively small extra cost,
said Russell Rumbaugh, a Stimson Center defense budget analyst.
“Most of the ships are already budgeted to be afloat. The sailors are
being paid. Even the missiles they might fire have already been
bought,” said Rumbaugh, who has worked for Congress, the Pentagon
and the Central Intelligence Agency. “Right now, they’re
thinking of a few days of missiles firing.”
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