Special Report

The 17 Most Elite US Military Special Forces

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Special Activities Center
> Service branch: Central Intelligence Agency
> Also known as: Formerly Special Activities Division (SAD)
> Type: Covert paramilitary operations unit
> Role: Counterterrorism, deniable covert operations, direct action, espionage, targeted killing, hostage rescue and more

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Intelligence Support Activity
> Service branch: Army
> Also known as: Gray Fox, ISA, USISA, The Activity
> Type: Army intelligence unit
> Role: HUMINT (human intelligence), SIGINT (signals intelligence), direct action

Night Stalkers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
> Service branch: Army
> Also known as: Night Stalkers, 160th SOAR
> Type: Special operations aviation
> Role: Insertion/extraction of special operations forces, reconnaissance

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Special Reconnaissance (formerly Special Operations Weathermen)
> Service branch: Air Force
> Also known as: Formerly SOWT
> Type: Special reconnaissance airmen
> Role: Commando unit for multi-domain reconnaissance and surveillance

Maritime Safety & Security Teams
> Service branch: Coast Guard
> Also known as: (MSST)
> Type: Maritime security unit
> Role: Counterterrorism

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