National Security & Operational Readiness
It runs counter to military policy to station all crucial defense assets on one base, yet the Department of Defense plans on doing just that by locating the entire Growler squadron on Whidbey Island.
Whidbey and the surrounding islands would become a prime target for any enemy that attacks the United States. Whidbey is accessible by two ferries and one bridge. In an attack, military personnel and civilians would be trapped.
Whidbey Island sits atop five fault lines. Growler squadrons are vulnerable to an earthquake.