There is no question that the Pentagon is spending millions of dollars in the effort to destroy the forces of the Islamic State group. By one estimate, fielding 2,000 troops in Iraq and maintaining a moderate level of airstrikes could cost between $200 million and $320 million per month.
“If a unit is deployed, it’s not ready,” said Russell Rumbaugh, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, a think tank that focuses on broader defense issues. “Including if it’s in Korea staring down the North Korean Army. Many people would probably call that a ready brigade. But since its not available for deployment elsewhere, the Army doesn’t consider it ready.”
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