As a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D., though autonomous, S.W.O.R.D.’s membership includes both human and extraterrestrial agents, and the organization employs extraterrestrial technology such as faster-than-light travel.
S.W.O.R.D. agents are also given psi-shields to protect their minds from psychics.
S.W.O.R.D.’s current director is Abigail Brand, a half-human-mutant and half-alien hybrid able to generate burning energy in her hands, making her an ideal candidate to run SWORD’s space station, Peak.
Her chief operatives include psychic extraterrestrial Sydren and Agent Deems.
At some point, the extraterrestrial “dragon” Lockheed was secretly recruited into S.W.O.R.D. as a mole to observe and report on the activities of the mutant heroes the X-Men in exchange for S.W.O.R.D.’s help resolving some pressing homeworld issues.
S.W.O.R.D. operates in Earth’s orbit in a space station called The Peak (VII).