This article is a follow-up to a recent article on the U.S. special operations groups and programs that most people have not heard of, or know little about. This article features several new groups, and also provides a little more info on some of the groups covered in part one.

CIA Special Activities Division (SAD) / Special Operations Group

The U.S. special operations groups and programs you may not know about (Pt. 2)
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The Special Activities Division (SAD), sometimes known as the Special Operations Group, is the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) covert paramilitary operations unit. They are one of America’s most secretive and lowest-profile special ops organizations.

The Special Activities Division, sometimes referred to as the ‘Special Operations Group’, is made up of paramilitary operations officers (former Green Berets, Marine Recon, etc.)

The Special Activities Division has carried out deniable covert operations on foreign soil throughout their history. CIA Special Operations Group paramilitaries are trained in: