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Admins, if this is in the wrong place please move it.

When everyone is supposed to be cutting back, the big O needs new choppers. Our AF, Navy and Marine fighter jockeys are not getting enough stick time to keep up their quals but we can afford new choppers for his majesty?

Quote:U.S. Navy moves ahead on new presidential helicopter program
ReutersBy Andrea Shalal-Esa | Reuters – 47 mins ago

Reuters/Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama waves to visitors as he steps aboard Marine One for departure from the White House, Washington February 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

By Andrea Shalal-Esa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy posted the final rules for a long-delayed, multibillion dollar competition for a new fleet of presidential helicopters, saying it planned to award a contract about a year from now despite looming U.S. defense budget cuts.

"We're moving forward as we planned all along," said Kelly Burdick, spokeswoman for the Navy office that is overseeing the competition, one of the few for new military helicopters in coming years.

Burdick said the Navy's latest effort to buy new presidential helicopters was carefully structured to be affordable given mounting pressures on U.S. military budgets. She said it was not immediately clear if the program would be affected by across-the-board budget cuts that took effect on March 1. "What will be, will be," she said.

The Navy posted the final request for proposals for a new Marine One helicopter on Friday, setting an August 1 deadline for proposals to be submitted and saying it planned to pick a winning bidder in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.

The Navy's last attempt to buy a new presidential helicopter ended in 2009, when then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates canceled a program run by Lockheed Martin Corp after numerous requirement changes threatened to double the cost of the program to more than $13 billion.
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Not really what we were thinking of when we made the "Major News Event" section. Moved to News.

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