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Definitions Edit

Reconnaissance (RECON) is

[a] mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or adversary, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area.[1]
[t]hose operations undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or adversary, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographical or geographical characteristics and the indigenous population of a particular area.[2]

Overview Edit

"The seven fundamentals of reconnaissance are —

  • Ensure continuous reconnaissance.
  • Do not keep reconnaissance assets in reserve.
  • Orient on the reconnaissance objective.
  • Report information rapidly and accurately.
  • Retain freedom of maneuver.
  • Gain and maintain enemy contact.
  • Develop the situation rapidly.[3]

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Nov. 8, 2010, as amended through May 15, 2011) (full-text).
  2. Department of the Army, Information Collection, at Glossary-2.
  3. FM 3-55, at 1-7.

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