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Defense wants to call up at least 50,000 Reserve troops

September 14, 2001 Posted: 8:31 AM EDT (1231 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Defense Department intends to seek authority to call up as many as 50,000 military reservists for "homeland defense," CNN has learned.

The number would be drawn from all branches of the Reserve and National Guard armed forces, with the initial callup involving pilots and support for "strike-alert" operations.

Officials at the Pentagon also tell CNN the callup would reinforce warplane patrols of American skies to defend military bases and any other possible targets against attack.

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