New Marine One Gets the Shaft

Navy Terminates Contract For VH-71 Presidential Helicopter

The Navy today announced that it will terminate the VH-71 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program contract. The announcement follows a Department of Defense (DoD) decision to cancel the existing presidential helicopter replacement program.

The VH-71 was intended to replace both the VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft currently used to conduct presidential support missions.

This has been a controversial program for years. Just another victim of the procurement mess.

Comments

  1. I have no problem with canceling this especially given that Uncle Sam is almost broke and there are other higher, priority items out there.

  2. Problem is that the pres choppers are badly in need of upgrading, and the replacement needs to be made.

    Not finishing this will cost more in the long run.

    “Uncle Sam” is not broke … Obama has simply made promises to spend money on bullshit — Oh, I’m sorry, on “other higher, priority itens out there”, promises that he can’t deliver without inflicting Zimbabwe-class inflation on us.

    There is no Uncle Sam … there is only US … and we get to pay the damned piper. Remember this in 2010.

  3. Problem is that the pres choppers are badly in need of upgrading, and the replacement needs to be made.

    Not finishing this will cost more in the long run.

    “Uncle Sam” is not broke … Obama has simply made promises to spend money on bullshit — Oh, I’m sorry, on “other higher, priority items out there”, promises that he can’t deliver without inflicting Zimbabwe-class inflation on us.

    There is no Uncle Sam … there is only US … and we get to pay the damned piper. Remember this in 2010.

  4. I don’t think anyone was claiming that Marine One doesn’t need some level of upgrading, but throwing good money after bad will not fix the procurement system.

    Canceling over-time-and-budget programs seems like it might be the only way to make defense contractors sit up and listen and change how they do things. Right now, noone loses, see Boeing becoming a subcontractor on the JSF program after “losing” the competition.

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