NORAD may take Joint Base Langley off 24-hour alert to save money

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-03 16:38:10-05

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is considering removing Joint Base Langley and another of its 18 Air Force sites from 24-hour alert to save millions of dollars.

NORAD says the cuts will not compromise its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks, according to the Associated Press.

A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might take fighter jets in Duluth, Minn., and at Joint Base Langley in Virginia off 24-hour alert.

No decision has been made and both sites remain on alert, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a NORAD spokesman.

Units that would be taken off around-the-clock alert are the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Group in Duluth and the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Group, which flies NORAD missions out of Langley.

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