The US Space Force has formed its first division to collect intelligence on satellites, ground-based space infrastructure and “hit targets,” according to the DVIDS Internet portal, which specializes in news on military and military-industrial topics.
We are talking about the formation of the 75th intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance squadron as part of the US Space Force Space Delta 7. The ceremony was held on August 11 at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado.
“The idea for this unit came four years ago on paper,” Squadron Commander U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Travis Anderson quoted the squadron commander as a “turning point” in the history of space forces.
As noted on the portal website, the main tasks of the squadron will be “the analysis of potential targets, the detection of targets, as well as the destruction of targets.” The mission of the unit is to prepare and transmit intelligence about targets, including information about “a satellite, a ground station, or a signal between them.” According to Squadron Chief of Operations Master Sgt. Desiree Cabrera, the unit is the first and only targeting formation designed to support the US Space Force and its missions.
Major General John Shaw, head of the US Space Forces Space Operations Command, said in 2020 that the US Space Forces could one day station the military in space.
In December 2019, the US Space Force was created. The command’s doctrinal documents state that, if necessary, the US space forces can conduct offensive operations and attack objects on the ground and in cyberspace.