listening post


Definition of listening post

: a center for monitoring electronic communications (as of an enemy)

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Recent Examples on the Web The radar and listening post features a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System that can detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles and reaches thousands of miles into Russian territory. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 These listening posts would have their own torpedo mines—encapsulated homing torpedoes anchored to the seabed and launched on command—to intercept the apocalypse torpedo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How Can We Stop Russia’s Apocalypse Nuke Torpedo?," 16 Aug. 2018 An interim step, say U.S. officials, could be establishing diplomatic Interest Sections in each capital, fostering better communication (and intelligence listening posts) as the U.S. has had in the past with Cuba. NBC News, "Why North Korea's 'special delivery' letter was so warmly received in the Oval Office," 1 June 2018 In addition the Trackers were armed with sonobuoys, droppable listening posts that radio any contacts back to the plane., "May 13, 1958: Aboard the Nautilus," 13 May 2018 More controversial, according to two former government officials, Nunes tried to use his junior perch on the Intelligence Committee to install a National Security Agency listening post at Lajes. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out," 24 Apr. 2018 Those injuries occurred shortly before 7 a.m. during a confrontation at a visitors gate to the sprawling listening post on Fort George G. Meade, off the Baltimore Washington Parkway and Md. Route 32. Washington Post, "Officer injured, two in custody in shooting incident near NSA security gate," 14 Feb. 2018 The incident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday at the top-secret listening post on Fort George G. Meade, near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Maryland Route 32. Washington Post, "NSA police fired on vehicle after driver tried to enter top-secret complex at Fort Meade, FBI says," 15 Feb. 2018 The station and a handful of others became vital listening posts for Puerto Ricans starved of information Wednesday as their electricity went dark and their cell phones silent. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, "Maria took a Puerto Rican radio station's roof. But the hosts stayed on air anyway.," 20 Sep. 2017

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Listening post.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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