Cost of a Strike on Syria

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There are a lot of variables to consider in the decision over a possible military strike on Syria and one is the financial costs.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz looks at how big the bill could be:

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Tens of millions is how Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel estimates the cost of a Syria operation. But Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert says that bill can inflate very quickly. Operating a carrier strike force isn’t cheap.

(Greenert) “It will cost you about $40 million a week.”

And destroyers add up…

(Greenert) “A destroyer, I think, costs about $7 million a week.”

…And there are four there.

And as for munitions…

(Greenert) “A Tomahawk missile costs about a million-and-a-half dollars.”

So with all the cuts to the military budget, would the Pentagon need supplemental funding?

(Greenert) “A supplemental might be the order of the day.”

But at a hearing Wednesday, Secretary of State Kerry suggested Arab countries might chip in to cover the cost.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.




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