U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 134 countries in 2013, more than twice as many as during the George W. Bush administration. This is a dramatic increase in the global projection of U.S. military power. Nick Turse of TomDispatch.com reported on the increase in The Nation.
Funding for Special Operations Command was at least $6.9 billion in 2013, up from $2.3 billion in 2001. The number of Special Operations personnel is expected to reach 72,000 in 2014, an increase from 33,000 in 2001.
The increase has mirrored the steady climb in U.S. military spending since 2001. According to the the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, in 2012 the U.S. approved $645.7 billion in military spending, more than the next 15 biggest-spending countries combined.