Info-gathering mission

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Possible Answers: RECON.

Last seen on: –USA Today Crossword – Apr 30 2019
The Washington Post Crossword – Nov 25 2018
LA Times Crossword 25 Nov 18, Sunday

Random information on the term “RECON”:

Reconnaissance is a mission to obtain information by visual observation or other detection methods, about the activities and resources of an enemy or potential enemy, or about the meteorologic, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area.

In military operations, reconnaissance is the exploration outside an area occupied by friendly forces to gain information about natural features and enemy presence.

Examples of reconnaissance include patrolling by troops (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, U.S. Army Rangers, cavalry scout, or military intelligence specialists), ships or submarines, manned/unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, satellites, or by setting up covert observation posts. Espionage normally is not reconnaissance, because reconnaissance is a military’s special forces operating ahead of its main forces; spies are non-combatants operating behind enemy lines.

Often called “recce” (British and Canadian English) or “recon” (American and Australian English), the associated verb is reconnaître.

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