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Sigma KEE - ReconnaissanceOperation
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reconnaissance operation
A mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or potential enemy, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area. Also called RECON.
Parents investigating The class of IntentionalPsychologicalProcesses where the agent attempts to obtain information (i.e. a Proposition denoted by a Formula).
  military operation A MilitaryOperation is distinguished from the broader class of MilitaryProcess in that it is planned in advance.
Children air reconnaissanceThe acquisition of information by employing visual observation and/or sensors in air vehicles.
 amphibious reconnaissanceAn amphibious landing conducted by minor elements, normally involving stealth rather than force of arms, for the purpose of securing information, and usually followed by a planned withdrawal.
 contact reconnaissanceLocating isolated units out of contact with the main force.
 electronic reconnaissanceThe detection, location, identification, and evaluation of foreign electromagnetic radiations. See also electromagnetic radiation, reconnaissance.
 patrolA detachment of ground, sea, or air forces sent out for the purpose of gathering information or carrying out a destructive, harassing, mopping-up, or security mission. See also combat air patrol.
 radar reconnaissanceReconnaissance by means of radar to obtain information on enemy activity and to determine the nature of terrain.
 reconnaissance by fireA method of reconnaissance in which fire is placed on a suspected enemy position to cause the enemy to disclose a presence by movement or return of fire.
 reconnaissance in forceAn offensive operation designed to discover and/or test the enemy's strength or to obtain other information.
 special reconnaissanceThese are reconnaissance and surveillance actions conducted as a special operation in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments to collect or verify information of strategic or operational significance, employing military capabilities not normally found in conventional forces. These actions provide an additive capability for commanders and supplement other conventional reconnaissance and surveillance actions. Even with today's sophisticated long-range sensors and overhead platforms, some information can be obtained only by visual observation or other collection methods in the target area. SOF's highly developed capabilities of gaining access to denied and hostile areas, worldwide communications, and specialized aircraft and sensors enable SR against targets inaccessible to other forces or assets. Activities within SR include the following: (1) Environmental Reconnaissance. These are operations conducted to collect and report critical hydrographic, geological, and meteorological information. (2) Armed Reconnaissance. These are operations that involve locating and attacking targets of opportunity, e.g., adversary materiel, personnel, and facilities in assigned general areas or along assigned LOCs. Armed reconnaissance is not conducted for the purpose of attacking specific identified targets. (3) Target and Threat Assessment. These are operations conducted to detect, identify, locate, and assess a target to determine the most effective employment of weapons. This type of operation might include the assessment of the potential effects (to include collateral damage) of a strike or an attack on a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or toxic industrial material site. (4) Poststrike Reconnaissance. These operations are undertaken for the purpose of gathering information used to measure results of a strike.

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