The United States Space Force’s Space Delta 15, which was activated in March 2023, is set to be permanently stationed at Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado. The base will also house the new 75th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron. Meanwhile, the 74th ISR Squadron, which was activated in November 2022, will be based at Peterson SFB, also in Colorado.
Space Delta 15 is a command-and-control organization within the Space Operations Command that provides mission-ready forces to support the National Space Defense Center’s protect and defend space mission. Currently operating at Schriever SFB, it is expected to remain there permanently.
The two ISR squadrons will provide additional capabilities within Space Delta 7, which has embedded detachments in each of the command’s other deltas to provide real-time ISR support to their respective missions.
The 74th ISR Squadron provides tailored threat analysis and intelligence production for tactical space operations. Its intelligence gathering is used to empower space operations to combat current, emerging, and future adversaries.
The new 75th ISR Squadron will be responsible for the federated targeting mission through orbital targeting sections focusing on integrating kinetic and non-kinetic targeting for the Joint Force across several orbital regimes.
The Department of the Air Force decided to host DEL 15 and the two ISR squadrons after conducting thorough site surveys that assessed the location’s ability to facilitate the missions and infrastructure capacity while accounting for community support, environmental factors, and cost.
The DAF will now conduct environmental impact analyses at each base, which are expected to be completed later this year before final decisions are made.