MSNBC.COM -- The Coast Guard will most likely soon assume the responsibility of protecting the airspace over Washington, DC. Right now it's being protected by the Customs and Border Protection something (agency?), a civilian something (agency?). The Coast Guard is the first choice because of its dual role as both a law enforcement agency and a branch of the military. Granted, they do have some really cool bright orange helicopters and some planes, but are they the best ones for the job? Surely there's a better option than a group that patrols the water looking for drug runners and disabled boats? Some sort of military force that specializes in air or something?
On a side note, I saw a few really fierce looking helicopters flying over the water as I stood in the Jefferson Memorial at twilight last fall. It was a pretty awesome contradistinctive point in time and place.