The tomahawk missile story - how many we still have & what we're actually capable of due to the military's budget cuts:
Bottom Line: We once again saw the fast effectiveness of the most commonly used and desired missile of the US Navy for the past 30 years - the tomahawk - on display. After deploying 59 tomahawks in the Syrian airbase airstrike I was curious as to what our capability currently happens to be. We've heard that our military isn't as "combat ready" as it needs to be. Here's what I found:
- We had just 11 tomahawks on the two destroyers after the airstrike
- We only have 3,000-4,000 tomahawks available overall
The only actual cuts that took place to the federal government under the Obama administration were with regard to the military. This is one of a myriad of stories about what we're capable of (an our limited). My frustration is this. It's important to clearly understand that the only role of the federal government is to protect us. Everything else is optional. For that reason we need to ensure that going forward we fully fund our military needs - so no one has to worry about counting missiles and cut the rest of the government which is arbitrary at various levels of significance/importance.