CNN's Barbara Starr reports: A senior U.S. military official says the Pentagon needs to get some guidance from the president in the next two weeks or so about timeframes. First up, the carrier USS Nimitz can’t stay in the Red Sea that much longer; it's already overdue to go home. The destroyers also are going to need to be switched out. “The question is how long do we stay at a certain state of a high readiness level.” Right now, everybody is in place and still ready to strike if ordered. But realistically some kind of plan has to be made for what happens next he says. “How long do you stay in a three point stance,” he says.
There has been no formal effort by the Defense Department yet to get involved in the turnover of chemical weapons by Syria. But clearly the U.S. military has a lot of technical expertise and has done both de-mil and verification. So military and civilian experts are informally looking at what they have…what they might do…very informal at this point, the official says.