Obama is the Commander in Chief of the US Military. That means the generals and Admirals involved in
Obama is the Commander in Chief of the US Military. That means the generals and Admirals involved in decisions work for Obama - directly. That also means that Obama has approved the purchase of foreign helicopters over US made helicopters. At the same time, Hagel, Secretary of Defense appointed by Obama, approved the purchase since those same Generals and Admirals work for him. Additionally, no purchase this large is done with direct civilian approval - Obama, Hagel, and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition.
This further proves the incompetence of Obama and his cronies who make stupid decisions against the good of Americans who need the jobs that US made helos would have provided - ONE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH!
Some sure don't like the truth.
"The Army's mishandling of this arms program, as well as the Afghan military's inability to maintain the helicopters, further underscores why this contract should have been canceled long ago," (Senator Richard Blumenthal), a Connecticut Democrat, said in a statement.
"I applaud (the Defense Department) for correcting this wrong, and hope the agency buys American in the future," added Blumenthal, whose state is home to helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corp.
Blumenthal said he plans to introduce legislation that would ban contracts "with foreign companies that enable war crimes in Syria."
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called Cornyn last week to tell him the Pentagon was cancelling the additional helicopter purchases, according to a Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.
It remains unclear whether the Pentagon has alternative plans to bolster the Afghan Air Force's capabilities to fight militants and drug trafficking.
A U.S. Army planning document, dated November 6 and obtained by Reuters, shows that the service had planned to deliver a total of 30 Mi-17s for the Afghan Air Force's Special Mission Wing between now and October 1, 2014.
More lies from the GOP controled media/blogs..............We've been buying these since 2002 (under Bush)and the fleet is wearing out........why...because the Afgans are fimilar with them...and most importantly it would not compromise the technology built into US made Chinooks.......
You would never have heard of this if President Obama had not used the threat of canceling the Bush signed contracts if Russia kept supplying the Syrians with arms.