CHAPTER 1

Applying Reconnaissance Techniques

In this chapter you will learn:

•  General approaches to conducting reconnaissance

•  Specific tasks involved in reconnoitering a target

•  Variables that can affect reconnaissance efforts

•  Common tools used when reconnoitering

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

—Sun Tzu

When first learning how to plan and build defensive positions, soldiers are required to walk away from their perimeter and examine the proposed defensive positions as an adversary would. In many cases, a foxhole that initially seemed to make perfect sense is revealed to be obvious and vulnerable, or it turns out that if attackers hide behind a specific tree or rock, the ...

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