Smith checked his HUD for target signatures. He came up with nothing. A quick glance at the console to his left showed that an alert had gone out for quick reaction force deployment deep in the theater. The quick reaction forces, sometimes called agile forces, were often deployed via hypersonic transport. He had never heard of a space to ground deployment before.
He thought back to the technology behind ICBMs, where a re-entry vehicle was deployed by a missile that had entered Earth’s orbit. The total time for delivery of payload to target was much shorter doing it that way than if a cruise missile was used.
Could it be possible that the Space and Missiles Systems Center, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), or the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) might launch a crew along the path of an ICBM in the interest of developing a transport and deliery system with a greater global reach? How did this compare with the new hypersonic transport vehicles?
A space resupply system providing space transport to support government agencies typically involved items fabricated using rapid prototyping methods. USAF communcication channels indicated that these methods were in place for supporting the warfighter, thereby providing a strategic advantage that could scale to support combat and battlespace grade logistics.