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Air Force may trim post-Sept. 11 sky patrols

The U.S. military may be ready to reduce the air patrols that have protected America’s skies since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pentagon officials said. Without commenting on the specifics or the timing of such changes, the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. John Jumper, said Monday that decisions to modify the air patrol mission were in the offing. Jumper said in an Associated Press interview that about 60 aircraft are flying the homeland defense patrols from about 20 U.S. bases. They have been flying continuously over New York City and Washington and intermittently over other parts of the country, Jumper said. “There are things in the works right now that might change this,” Jumper said. Pressed for details, he said only that there had been no public announcement of decisions to change the patrols. Other officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the frequency of domestic air patrols – which was increased during the Iraq war – probably would be reduced. Full Story

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