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By Nick Anderson, CNNMoney.comA decade ago, the United States was the only superpower with the ability to field a top-notch corps of special forces, analysts, analysts experts and special operations specialists.
Today, a global army of U.S. military experts, analysts and specialists can provide a critical asset to any government or military operation.
As U.N. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Paul Danahar recently told CNN, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, India and many others have their own special operations teams in place, and those forces are also vital in providing advice and support to U.C.S.-led military operations.
The United States has traditionally relied on its military to be a top choice for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and as such, it has often been at the top of the military talent pipeline, said Lt.
Col. James E. Brown, a former senior commander for U.T.S., the U,S.
Special Operations Command.
Today, however, many countries are developing a greater focus on Special Operations as a primary force for counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, according to Brown.
The rise of China, Russia, India, Saudi Kingdom and others in this space, Brown said, has also increased the number of U.-trained experts.
For instance, the Chinese are developing capabilities to better track and identify terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda and to better develop and train their own Special Operations Forces, Brown noted.
In contrast, Russia has struggled to build its own special forces and has been more selective in its hiring and training of U-trained personnel.
China is developing its own Special Forces as well as its own intelligence, counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations, and it is also investing heavily in its own military.
While China has an elite force of Special Forces trained and equipped to combat ISIS, China also has a smaller Special Forces and its own regional intelligence operations, Brown added.
“The Chinese are doing their part to keep America safe, but they are also trying to be careful not to be too far removed from what is happening in the rest of the world,” Brown said.
“The Chinese have made a strategic investment in U.P.
S, which is a military and intelligence operation.
So it’s not surprising that China is now a force to be reckoned with.”
Brown, who is also an author on the U-K.
S Special Operations and the Future of Special Operations, noted that the U.-K.
has been at a critical crossroads for a number of reasons, including the global political climate, the changing nature of its special forces mission and its evolving role in the global fight against terror.
In the UK., the situation has become even more difficult.
As Brown noted, the country has made the decision to limit its military involvement in counterinsult operations to the kind of training it had previously.
In the UR.
C., there are no restrictions on what types of personnel can be trained, but there are limits on how many personnel can work in the special operations environment.
In response to China’s increased focus on special operations, U-S.
officials have said that they need to build up their expertise and to be prepared to work with China in an expanded capacity.
S special operations have been deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Central America, Bosnia and Ukraine, South Korea, and Africa, according in a recent State Department report.
In addition to special operations and counterinsults, Brown also noted that special forces have played a crucial role in supporting U.O.
S forces in the Middle East, where they helped in the fight against the Islamic State and other groups in Syria.
In Iraq, the Special Operations forces also helped secure the city of Mosul from ISIS fighters, and have been credited with leading the fight to retake the city from the extremists.
The U.W. also helped to establish and maintain the air defense zone over the city and prevent ISIS from advancing.
The Special Operations team has also been involved in the URA, or Special Reserves, in Afghanistan, where it assisted in the battle to retake Kandahar and helped to train Afghan forces.
In Yemen, the SRT helped secure Sanaa from the Houthi rebels.
The SRT also conducted airstrikes in support of the UTAF, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis, Brown reported.
In South Korea and South Africa, URTs helped secure and support security operations in Mozambique and the Solomon Islands.
Brown noted that URT support has been vital in helping the UNAF and ULAF defeat the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
“Special operators have played an important role in assisting U.L.G.A. and its partners in the Central African Republic, Angola, Mali and Mozambican townships,” Brown