US Space Force creates first unit dedicated to targeting adversaries

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President Donald Trump signs S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 on, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Joint Base Andrews. The act directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. (Image credit: Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum, 11th Wing Public Affairs)


Space Force creates first unit dedicated to targeting adversaries


The Space Force established its first and only unit dedicated to analyzing and possibly targeting adversaries’ space capabilities.

The 75th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron was activated as a unit under Space Delta 7 – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on Aug. 11 during a ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado.

“Today is a monumental time in the history of our service,” Lt. Col. Travis Anderson, the unit’s first commander, said. “The idea of this unit began four years ago on paper and has probably been in the minds of several U.S. Air Force intelligence officers even longer.”

“The 75th ISRS conducts advanced analysis on adversary space force and counterspace force threats along with their associated architectures. Space forces are space capabilities used by a country to facilitate their joint warfighting. Counterspace forces, also called space attack forces, are space capabilities designed to deny the United States the ability to use our satellite systems during conflict,” Anderson said.

Space Force Grim Reaper
On the left is the Space Force’s new Grim Reaper patch. The 75th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron was activated as a unit under Space Delta 7 – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance during an August ceremony in Colorado.
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The unit’s three main missions are to analyze, target, and engage enemy capabilities that include possibly targeting satellites, ground stations, or the signal in between them. Some assets they could target include ground-based lasers that can blind optical sensors on satellites and devices that can jam signals, and they could also conduct cyberattacks to hack into adversary satellite systems.

“Over the past year, the senior enlisted leader, Senior Master Sgt. Cristy Duncan, along with the first assigned members of the targeting team, led Space Delta 7’s Operating Location-Bravo using an innovative approach to build the foundation and organizational structure of today’s 75th ISRS,” Master Sgt. Desiree Cabrera, 75th ISRS operations superintendent, said. “Not only are we standing up the sole targeting squadron in the U.S. Space Force, we are changing the way targeting is done across the joint community when it comes to space and electromagnetic warfare.”

The unit’s patch was also unveiled at the activation ceremony last week, which includes a Grim Reaper with a delta shape for a nose.




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