According to the magazine, the number of this military formation is ten times the number of underground CIA employees.
The publication says that “secret” soldiers work both inside the country and inside abroad, performing tasks in military uniform or under the guise of civilians.
In addition, according to media reports, about 130 private companies participate in this program, which annually spends more than $ 900 million.
These include the creation of false documentation, the payment of bills and taxes by persons working under false names, and the manufacture of special devices and equipment for listening and surveillance in the most remote corners of the Middle East and Africa.
The special forces of the US Army make up more than half of the total composition of the secret troops. Their main task is to pursue terrorists in war zones and enemy countries.
The newest and fastest-growing group of this army is the cyber-fighters, who work under false names and collect information on the Internet, and can take part in influence campaigns on social networks.
According to the authors of the investigation, this secret formation is necessary for Washington not only to fight terrorism but also to increase competitive opportunities in a hybrid war with Russia and China. Newsweek was able to talk to one of the retired senior officers of the secret army. He said that nothing is known about the true scale of the program, and also expressed the opinion that the desire to be invulnerable to the enemy is beneficial only to the United States, but on a global scale, this trend makes it difficult to resolve conflicts.