The U.S. Navy is planning to relocate a specialized attack squadron currently stationed on the eastern seaboard, leaving Washington D.C. and other large American cities vulnerable to electronic warfare threats posed by China, Russia, Iran, and other rogue nations, sources said.

The Navy’s premier reserve electronic attack squadron, known as VAQ-209, has been ordered by the Pentagon to move from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Whidbey Island in Washington State, according to documents obtained by the Free Beacon.

The move is scheduled to take place on July 31, 2013. A Navy official confirmed that the memo was sent to lawmakers but would not comment further.

Defense insiders are concerned that the relocation of this critical defense unit would leave the East Coast open to electronic warfare attacks. Squadrons such as VAQ-209 specialize in jamming and destroying the communications capabilities of encroaching enemy fighters.

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