Space Delta 7
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Emblem of Space Delta 7
Founded24 July 2020; 2 years ago (2020-07-24)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeDelta
RoleIntelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
Part of
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Space Operations Command
HeadquartersPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
Websitewww.peterson.spaceforce.mil/Units/Space-Delta-7/
Commanders
CommanderCol Brett T. Swigert
Vice CommanderLt Col Erik Schwarz[1]
SuperintendentCMSgt Thomas S. Drake[2]
Insignia
Guidon
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Space Delta 7 (DEL 7) is a United States Space Force unit responsible for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for the United States Space Force. The delta provides actionable and time-sensitive intelligence for space domain operations including detection, characterization and targeting of adversary space capabilities.[3] The unit employs a variety of fixed and mobile sensors across the globe operated by intelligence professionals to enable its mission to gain and maintain information dominance in the space domain in the execution of National Defense Strategy priorities. It is headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base.[3]

History

Delta 7 was activated on 24 July 2020 with the redesignation of the United States Air Force's 544th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.[3] On 3 September 2020, the delta activated the 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron after the inactivation of the 18th Intelligence Squadron.[4] It gained two additional squadrons on 11 September 2020 with the activation of the 71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron and 72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron.[5]

Col. Chandler Atwood speaks at the standup of ISRS 71 and 72 on September 11, 2020.
Col. Chandler Atwood speaks at the standup of ISRS 71 and 72 on September 11, 2020.

On 8 January 2021, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe designated the "Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance enterprise" the 18th member of the United States Intelligence Community.[6]

Structure

Space Delta 7 is composed of the three following squadrons. It also plans to add three new squadrons: a threat analysis squadron; a targeting squadron; and a processing, exploitation, and dissemination squadron.[7]

Squadrons
Name Function Headquarters Detachments
71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png
71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to space mission deltas[5] Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Detachment 1: Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado[8]
5 other detachments[5]
72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png
72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado 3 detachments[5]
73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png
73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Global ISR operations to support the research, development and acquisition of future space capabilities.[9] Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio[10] Detachment 2: Osan Air Base, Korea[11]

Detachment 4: RAF Feltwell, UK[11]
Detachment 6: Fort Meade, Maryland [11]

Commander

No. Commander Term Ref
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
1
Chandler P. Atwood
Atwood, Chandler P.Colonel
Chandler P. Atwood
24 July 20207 May 20222 years, 11 days[12]
2
Brett T. Swigert
Swigert, Chandler P.Colonel
Brett T. Swigert
7 May 2022Incumbent1 year, 287 days[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Inaugural (virtual) AFOSR – USSF Space Sciences Summit". Archived from the original on 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Space Delta 7". www.peterson.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Space Delta 7 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Peterson Air Force Base. 24 July 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 January 2021.
  4. ^ "73rd ISRS activates, becomes part of U.S. Space Force". Wright-Patterson AFB. Archived from the original on 23 August 2021. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Delta 7 gains new space intelligence squadrons". Peterson Air Force Base. Archived from the original on 1 December 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  6. ^ "DNI Ratcliffe Welcomes U.S. Space Force as 18th Intelligence Community Member". www.dni.gov. Archived from the original on 9 June 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Space Force to Add Three Intelligence Squadrons—'Billets Are Already in Place'". 16 May 2022. Archived from the original on 17 May 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Space Delta 4 - Missile Warning". Buckley Space Force Base. Archived from the original on 17 November 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Space Delta 7". Space Operations Command (SpOC). Archived from the original on 11 September 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Space Delta 7". www.peterson.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "73rd ISRS activates, becomes part of U.S. Space Force". Wright-Patterson AFB. Archived from the original on 23 August 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  12. ^ "COLONEL CHANDLER P. ATWOOD". www.peterson.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Space Delta 7 Gains New Commander". Space Base Delta 1.

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