Air Defense Patrols May Diminish

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Air patrols by military aircraft, which have been abundant since 9/11, may soon be reduced to lower levels, Pentagon officials said this week. Air Force chief of staff Gen. John Jumper told the Associated Press on Monday that decisions to modify the air patrol mission were in the offing. About 60 aircraft have been flying homeland defense patrols over Washington and New York, and occasionally over other parts of the country, Jumper told the AP. "There are things in the works right now that might change this," he said, but would not go into detail. Other sources also told the AP that the overflights are likely to be cut back soon.