My buddies down in CENTCOM have their hands full this week. As the missions kicked off late Monday against the swine ISIL and ISIS housed in Syria, teams all over the command have amped things up a bit.
In a posting from last week, I mentioned what it will take to mount an airstrike campaign against targets in Syria. Given that we're going to do this using every available air asset possible, we are looking at a combined force of about 15,000 strong. Navy, Marine, USAF, Army will all be posted to supporting this effort, at least initially.
Wait, Marines? Yep- look at some of their assets based on Navy ships; we'll use a few of them during the campaign. I'm not sure we've established the Erbil base yet, so most of these will be flying from Qatar, Kuwait, and ships throughout CENTCOM and EUCOM areas (the Med being a EUCOM responsibility).
With assets coming in from other countries, the total amount of people involved could easily exceed 20k. But wait, we couldn't afford to put 15k worth of people into AFG or Iraq, could we? That wasn't feasible, we were told. We couldn't afford it.
Well, now we have little choice. 10k then turns into 15k now, and 50k or more if the refugee problem overwhelms Jordan. Should that happen, brother this gets real...