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reconnaissance

noun [U] uk   /rɪˈkɒn.ɪ.səns/ us    /-ˈkɑː.nə-/ specialized (UK informal recce, US informal recon)
the process of getting information about enemy forces or positions by sending out small groups of soldiers or by using aircraft, etc.: Aerial reconnaissance of the enemy position showed they were ready to attack.
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