Responding to remarks Colin Powell made on Sunday saying "whether it’s Army, Coast Guard, Local Forces, it is time for a comprehensive, total attack on this problem,” current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Allen told me this morning on ‘GMA’ “We’ve been involved in this response since the beginning.” He cited 1400 active National Guardsmen and women already in the Gulf region and said Defense Secretary Gates has approved thousands more to be called up by the Governors of the Gulf States if needed.
As for any increased roll by the military in stopping the leak itself:
“We’ve looked at that continuously since the leak started, whether or not we would have submersibles that would go do this and in fact the technology, the best technology in the world with respect to that exists in the oil industry.”
Mullen also expressed confidence in Thad Allen, currently the military’s man on the ground in the Gulf:
“There is nobody in our military with more competence in this area.”
See our interview and Adm. Mullen’s thought’s on our troops this Memorial Day here: