LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-12 AT 03:17 AM (EST)
This is a question I've been pondering for awhile now.
That's not to say, naturally, that I don't have guesses or speculations. (For example, I speculate that TacFleet is mostly destroyers, cruisers, and battlecruisers, and is primarily involved with patrols and acting as a quick-reaction force, while StratFleet is mostly battleships and carriers, and represents the WDF Navy's "mailed fist," as it were.) However, at present, guesses and speculation are all they are, and it nags at the technical-manual-perusing fanboy in me. ;)
Also, speaking of clouded issues, is the WDF responsible for Zeta Cygni's defense? I seem to remember Daver making such a claim in A Day of Infamy, but I might be remembering wrong. I know the WDF isn't Zeta Cygni's national military (although I suspect a number of in-universe political observers might view that as a flimsy legal fiction), but given the longstanding ties between the two (and the fact that the WDF's HQ, training facilities, and shipyards are in the ZC Dyson sphere), it would seem only logical.
My thanks to anyone who could shed a little light on these questions for me.
"Everyone gets lost in the darkness
Dreamers learn to steer by the stars..."
- Rush, "The Pass"