trade·​craft | \ ˈtrād-ˌkraft How to pronounce tradecraft (audio) \

Definition of tradecraft

: the techniques and procedures of espionage

Examples of tradecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three decades ago, the United States spawned, then cornered, the market for hackers, their tradecraft, and their tools. New York Times, "How the United States Lost to Hackers," 4 Feb. 2021 The intelligence source stressed to the Washington Examiner that Ratcliffe wants to ensure proper analytic tradecraft is employed related to China’s influence. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Ratcliffe delays meddling assessment amid debate over China's 2020 role, as 2016 fallout looms large," 17 Dec. 2020 The tradecraft and pinpoint accuracy is nothing short of astounding. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft president calls SolarWinds hack an “act of recklessness”," 17 Dec. 2020 Cybersecurity experts said the nature and level of tradecraft involved in this latest effort suggest a foreign nation. Ben Fox And Frank Bajak,, "US agencies, companies secure networks after huge cyber-espionage intrusion: ‘We still have a lot of work to do’," 14 Dec. 2020 Cybersecurity experts said the nature and level of tradecraft involved in this latest effort suggest a foreign nation. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "US agencies and companies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign," 14 Dec. 2020 Christopher Metsos played a critical role in providing money and items of tradecraft to the … intelligence officers … operating in the United States. CBS News, "Russian spies living among us: Inside the FBI's "Operation Ghost Stories"," 13 Oct. 2020 And the fact that the FBI was able to do this for so many years is a real tribute to their tradecraft. CBS News, "Former CIA senior Clandestine Services Officer Daniel Hoffman on pursuing the "Russian ten"," 26 Aug. 2020 Those secrets included information about CIA sources and assets, international operations, secure communication practices practices and operational tradecraft. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Star Tribune, "Ex-CIA officer in spy case called 'extreme flight risk'," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tradecraft

1961, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Tradecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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