McCain Wins: New Marine One Demo Copter Officially Killed

Via the Navy, word that the contract for the next generation of Marine O... hey, a white top just flew by my window in the Watergate.... just this now, as I was writing about them. Seriously. Weird. Ok.  Where was I?  Ah yes. The contract for the VH-71 copter to be built by Lockheed Martin has been terminated. For now, President Obama will have to rely on his older fleet of Sikorsky VH-3D and VH-60Ns. The Pentagon had cut funding for the replacement fleet, but until now, funding continued for the prototype.  The trusty 20-year-old Nighthawks will just have to do...  Sen. John McCain has been the leading Congressional voice against the program, which was more than 50% overbudget. 

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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