Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Military and the Gulf Oil Disaster

Mullen: Military Will Continue to Support Spill Effort

May 31, 2010 – The military will continue to support the effort to cap and mitigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it does not have the technical expertise to take over the operation, the nation’s top military officer said on the morning news shows today.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also used the opportunity to ask Americans to remember the sacrifices of servicemembers throughout history and today in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to note the progress made in the two wars.

Mullen spoke the day after BP announced the latest effort to stop the leak – “Top Kill” – had failed. The Pentagon has looked at the capabilities the military can provide to the oil companies as they battle the spill, he said.

“There are some limits to the skills that we have to do this,” Mullen said on CNN. “We’ve looked at the technical side of this enormously difficult challenge. The oil industry really has the technical expertise to go after this.” Continued

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