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covert operation Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term covert operation .

covert operation Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term covert operation .

covert operation



An operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. A covert operation differs from a clandestine operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of identity of sponsor rather than on concealment of the operation. See also clandestine operation; overt operation. (JP 3-05.1) (US DoD)
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