Pentagon budget cuts will not stop PR opportunity
The Super Bowl will provide a venue to acclimate the American people to the presence of the military. The Defense Department said on Friday it will play a major role – with air defense, ground troops, a flyover and other contributions – at the high profile event.
Despite a flight restriction zone imposed over New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, F-16 fighters will patrol the skies.
National Guardsmen will attend the event for security and “community relations.”
There will be a 32-member armed forces chorus that will contribute to the national anthem.
Black Hawk attack helicopters and Chinook transports from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will do a flyover. It was requested by the NFL, Col. Steve Warren told Politico.
The flyover will cost around $100,000. There was no estimate provided on how much it will cost taxpayers for the remainder of the Pentagon’s public relations stunt. “This is the type of audience we want to connect with,” Col. Warren explained.
In addition to in-your-face military displays, football fans will be subjected to unprecedented security at the event: 700 troopers, 3,000 security guards, and state, local, county and federal “assets,” according to Fox News.
The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the TSA and other federal agencies will be involved, which is to say the American people will be obliged to pay millions for over-the-top security while the Seahawks and the Broncos throw around a pigskin ball.
As usual, there is no specific terror threat.
“Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd in regard to the Sochi Olympics. As you know both of those bombings were targeting mass transit,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, head of the New Jersey State Police.