"The fledgling U.S. Space Force's Space Delta 9 is tasked with performing a mission set that the service describes as orbital warfare. This includes keeping an eye out for potentially hostile activity in space, as well as deterring those threats and even potentially defeating them, according to the unit's official website. Publicly, it provides this support primarily through various space-based surveillance and communications systems, but, interestingly, it is also responsible for overseeing the operations of the experimental X-37B mini space shuttle, the exact mission and capabilities of which remain obscure.
Space Force highlighted the intriguing orbital warfare mission of Space Delta 9, as part of the larger array of capabilities within its new Space Operations Command (SpOC), in a Tweet earlier this week. The unit had first come into existence in July and had previously been known as the Air Force's 750th Operations Group, which had only been activated and assigned to that service's 50th Space Wing the month before. 50th Space Wing, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, was also transferred to the newest branch of America's armed forces that month, at which time it was rebranded as the Peterson-Schriever Garrison." the war zone
In re the X37B. OK. What the hell does this flying widget actually do? It is taken up into orbit by one of the launch companies, released and then DOES WHAT? Some of the people who read here think that the US Government cannot keep secrets. They are wrong. I, personally, have participated in the keeping of many, many government secrets that have NEVER leaked over a period of time that matches my ancientness. Soo … The flummery that the government has proclaimed over exactly WHAT the X-37B does should not be accepted without examination.
And then there is the major structural reorganization of the Space Force that is reflected in the link "The Peterson-Schriever Garrison" above. Read the article it leads to. What we are seeing is the emergence of a new armed force that will be different in many ways from the USAF. The structure described has little in common with USAF structure and the interesting re-naming of USAF bases as "garrisons" as they are taken over by Space Force is indicative of the desire for separation.
Space Force and USAF are two separate services within the Department of the Air Force in the same way that USMC and US Navy are separate armed forces within the Department of the Navy.
This process of separation is accelerating. pl