listening post

noun

Definition of listening post

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

Examples of listening post in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wave Rider could form part of a picket line of submarine detection drones, or serve as a communications relay for an underwater listening post. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "American-Made Spy Boat on Secret Mission Washes Up in Scotland," 8 Oct. 2020 Initially Webb was put to work cataloging the thousands of encrypted German radio messages that British listening posts were intercepting each day. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 6 May 2020 The deal allowed the two countries to rely on each other’s listening posts around the world, without having to duplicate infrastructure, and to track nuclear armed Soviet submarines. Washington Post, "The 70-Year Spy Alliance the U.S. Says It May Cut Off," 1 July 2019 It was long known that the Russians were using their diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as listening posts, which is why the Obama administration seized them in December 2016, officials said. NBC News, "Russian spies in the U.S. collected encrypted FBI radio traffic in huge operation, but did they crack it?," 16 Sep. 2019 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. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 13, 1958: Aboard the Nautilus," 13 May 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Listening post.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/listening%20post. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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