Sun Tzu’s The Art of War recounts Chinese philosophy that, “An army without secret agents is exactly like a man without eyes or ears.” As low-intensity conflicts picked up in the mid-20th century during the Cold War, the use of military special forces also gained prominence. These “Quiet Professionals” can travel fast and light, hitting a target worldwide within 24 hours. But along with the well-known units such as the Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers and Delta Force are a number of other elite and fascinating outfits that fall under the purview of the modern United States Special Operations Command. Established in 1980 shortly after the aborted attempt to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran, USSOCOM is an inter-service, command and control organization. Based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, USSOCOM oversees all joint service component operations. Here, in no particular order, is a look at some of the more unique units under its command.