United Space Confederation
As the Fenrir Industries Corporation expanded into mining operations as well, the Expeditionary Corps was officially founded as a division of the security forces. In addition to their primary role of scouting ahead of Fenrir’s valuable cargo convoys, the Expeditionary Corps were also given the task of exploring new star systems for suitable locations for expanding mining operations. This structure lasted until shortly after the formation of the United Space Confederation. At that time the decision was made to separate the division from the Defence Forces and create its own cabinet-level branch, combining the USC’s current mapping and scientific endeavours as well. The addition of the USC’s official intelligence agency, credited to commander Karina Halsey, happened in the 30th century.
The Expeditionary Corps is responsible for providing intelligence of all kinds to the USC, from hostile fleet movements to exploring the scientific properties of an unknown phenomena in space.
Office of Cosmic Survey (OCS)
OCS is the Expeditionary Corps’ economic exploration division, exploring the galaxy in search of new resources and commercial opportunities. The Office of Cosmic Survey will work particularly closely with the the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Interstellar Commerce Department, seeking out new resources for mining; new, faster, or safer trade routes, especially when those routes require detailed mapping or scouting to fly through safely; and finding and salvaging derelict spaceships. OCS also handles non-combat search and rescue operations – seeking the fading signal from your escape pod as you drift alone through that asteroid field.
As a core concept, if it is a non-military role that relies on finding things with advanced sensors which you can then sell the location of or perform a basic service with for compensation, then OCS is on the job. While the Office of Cosmic Survey operators may mine a small deposit since they are on station, they are more likely to sell that location or pass it to USCDAE to organize a full scale mining operation.
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Knowledge is a valuable asset for the operation of any organization, corporation, or government. The Office of Naval Intelligence is the intelligence agency operating for the United Space Confederation. This division of the Expeditionary Corps is constantly scouting and observing, both within and outside USC space, and is responsible for not only gathering information from the field, but analysing that data for threats, and sometimes executing follow-up missions.
ONI is the eyes and ears of the United Space Confederation, and uses several sub-divisions to achieve its goals set by the Expeditionary Corps and USC High Command. Field units operating under ONI directive must be highly trained in sensor operation and electronic warfare, and experts of stealth flight.
Academy of Cosmic Research and Exploration (ACRE)
ACRE is the scientific arm of the Expeditionary Corps, seeking knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Explorers have one reason for being out in the Black, and one reason only – to see what’s out there. The USC Academy of Cosmic Research and Exploration is constantly searching for new star systems, new species to make contact with and catalog, researching an unknown space anomaly, or taking measurements at the heart of a nebula. It doesn’t have to have value, strategic or economic; if it’s worth seeing the ACRE wants to see it.
This is in stark contrast to the Office of Cosmic Survey which seeks out derelicts to salvage, resources to mine, or faster trade routes and the Office of Naval Intelligence that seeks out, and sometimes eliminates, developing threats to the USC.