Spectres (Special Tactics and Reconnaissance) are agents entrusted with extraordinary authority by the UEE, including the power of life and death over the inhabitants of the galaxy. They are elite and their primary responsibility is to preserve galactic stability by whatever means necessary.
The Special Tactics and Reconnaissance branch was founded in 2939, at a time when the UEE was uneasy about the unchecked raiding of the Vanduuls into UEE space. The Spectres were chosen from the finest operatives, intended to function partly in an observational capacity, but also as the UEE’s first line of defense. When the Vanduul finally started appearing in UEE space with increasing numbers, the Spectres were ready for them, using guerrilla tactics such as computer viruses and devastating sabotage to slow the Vanduuls down before the main UEE forces joined the conflict. For years the activities of the Spectres were a UEE secret, but their role was made public after an increase in Vanduul raidings was made public.
UEE Archives – year 2939, first Spectre recruitment, vault S1All records of the Spectres are sealed and only granted access with permission of the UEE. It is not even clear how many there are: Estimates that there are fewer than a hundred. Each Spectre is hand-picked by the Commander after proving that they are an individual of exceptional ability and self-reliance. In theory Spectres can be chosen from any race; in practice they are usually selected from the UEE.
Spectres have no command structure. They answer only to the Commander, and in some cases the Commander prefers not to know the exact details of how a Spectre accomplishes their mission. Spectres act in any way they see fit, either with careful diplomacy or ruthless force, being officially above any law. Some people, see Spectres as a potential risk because they are not constrained by the law, while others are in awe of them; Spectres on vids are portrayed as super-agents always on some mission to save the galaxy. The assignment of a Spectre is often less contentious than a military deployment, but shows that the UEE is aware of a situation.
Candidates for the Spectres typically have years of military or law enforcement experience before even being considered. The screening process involves background checks, psychological evaluations, and a long period of field training under an experienced mentor. Because of the rigorous selection process, Spectres might sometimes use unorthodox methods but they rarely go rogue. When it does happen, the only solution is to revoke their status, then send another Spectre after them. No one else would be up to the job.