The Enterprise just completed its last cruise. It has a nuclear power plant that can support a small city. Why not give it one more mission of providing power for part of NY and possible provide power for hurting parts of NJ. It would not detract from defense mission.
NY and NJ needs immediate help both from a physical and morale stand point. Let's take the two helicopter carriers committed to supporting the storm and conduct an amphibious landing on Staten Island with heavy dirt moving, construction, and civil engineering equipment instead of Marines. There are USAf, Army, Navy, and Marines civil engineering units as well as civilian capabilities.
It is going be a long push to get back to normal but some big morale boosting actions are needed now!
Russ Morrison. Colonel, USAF, Retired