Reconnaissance Law and Legal Definition

Reconnaissance, also known as scouting, is the military term for performing a preliminary survey, especially an exploratory military survey, to gain or collect information. Primarily, it refers to preliminary reconnaissance; reconnaissance used to determine the enemy forces disposition and intention; gathering information about an enemy's composition and capabilities, along with the lay of the land and weather conditions through direct observation. Reconnaissance is generally an intelligence-gathering asset of human intelligence (HUMINT), under the intelligence cycle of intelligence collection management.