Pentagon Worries About Keeping up With Haiti Relief Demands

Haiti has so far been the U.S. military’s biggest recipient of humanitarian assistance. But after sending about 20,000 personnel, 23 ships and some 100 flights a day, Pentagon wonders how it can juggle charity work and military mission.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morell said the heightened and prolonged operations in Haiti are costing the U.S. Defense Department both manpower and finances, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Intelligence analysts work for 12 hours to sort through the images taken by the U.S. Air Force to assess damage and bring relief to places. Troops on the ground exceed their 60-hour normal workweek to save lives from the rubble. They had been missing “a couple of training exercises,” according to Morrell.

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