So what we're now doing is putting in place military assets, the carrier -- aircraft carrier arrived this week. It has 19 helicopters. A lot of the transport of commodities and supplies is through the helicopters. We are getting more and more out each day, and that's our metric of success. Every single day, we need to do more than we did before. We need to do exponentially more.
SHAH: And this coming week, we'll have even more capabilities. We'll have more troops and more military personnel actively engaged in the humanitarian mission on the island to support distribution. We're working with the U.N. more aggressively to establish a network of distribution sites to enable much more rapid flow of commodities to -- to families and to individuals in Haiti.
And we're bringing other assets to bear. The USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship, will be 1,000-bed hospital, will get there, I believe, on the 20th. The Jack Lummus will get there this week, as well, which will allow us to get commodities and supplies onto shore without using the airport, which is a narrow throughput environment. And we're working aggressively to create alternative transport and logistics pathways into Haiti and around Haiti so we can -- we can increase the supply flow.
But this is a complex logistical challenge with countries around the world providing support, and the president's been very clear. Get in there, lean in, be swift, be organized, and make this work. And that's exactly what we intend to do.
TAPPER: General Keen, what casualty count is the U.S. military preparing for? We've heard estimates ranging up to 150,000 Haitians feared dead. What are you preparing for?
KEEN: Well, I think it's too early to tell what the casualty count is, but it's clear this is a tragedy of epic proportions. And we are working with the United Nations as we address it, and we are going to have to be prepared for the worst.
TAPPER: By the worst, would you say -- I mean, is -- is -- is 150,000 to 200,000 the top end of that? Or should we expect worse?
KEEN: Well, I think the international community or -- that's looking at those figures, and I think that's a start point. But like I said, I think it's too early to tell exactly what the casualty count will be. And, as well, we've got a lot of injured, obviously, that need to be taken care of. And everyone is pushing forward to get the medical supplies and the hospitals that we're seeing, that nations are showing up every day to put into operation. And that is going to increase our capability.
And as pointed out, we're going to have our hospital ship here this week. And we need all of that and more.
TAPPER: Dr. Shah, we're running out of time, but I want to get your thoughts on some quotes from retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who was brought onboard to take control of the response to Hurricane Katrina. He told USA Today, "The next morning after the earthquake, as a military man of 37 years service, I assumed there would be airplanes delivering aid, not troops, but aid. What we saw instead was discussion about, well, we've got to send an assessment team in to see what the needs are. And any time I hear that, my head turns red. I was a little frustrated to hear that USAID was the lead agency. I respect them, but they're not a rapid deployment unit."
Very quickly, should the military have been in charge of this effort, instead of USAID?