Within the last week and a half, the US Department of Defense reported that the total force strength in the relevant arena known as Central Command (also called CENTCOM) as 211,000, with roughly half of those numbers in Kuwait. Over 1,000 total aircraft (across different military divisions) have already arrived for duty. In prior years, the theater of operations surrounding Iraq has seen on average between 20,000 and 25,000 soldiers at any given time, and 200 aircraft.
The biggest surprise is that navy personnel represent half of deployed US forces. One big contributing factor that causes this is that each carrier battle group is about 11,000 sailors and there are currently 5 carrier battle groups in the area.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2003 March 15 01:37 PM Military War, Rumours Of War|