tradecraft

noun
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 Now hackers and trolls, who have seen their tradecraft splashed across the pages of American intelligence assessments and federal indictments, are working far harder to cover their tracks. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Now hackers and trolls, who have seen their tradecraft splashed across the pages of American intelligence assessments and federal indictments, are working far harder to cover their tracks. Matthew Rosenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Chaos is the point’: Russian hackers and trolls grow stealthier in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 And the digital tradecraft, that half life is very short. CBS News, "Transcript: Sean Roche talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 1 Jan. 2020 And, using cloak-and-dagger tradecraft that—like the expertise in violence—was a legacy of the war, the group ran surveillance and intelligence operations. The Economist, "When fascists and Jews battled on the streets of London," 19 Oct. 2019 All of which prompts a question: How on earth did Fox manage to get agency censors to sign off on illuminating so many details of CIA tradecraft? Mary Louise Kelly, Washington Post, "A look inside the CIA that the agency isn’t ready for you to see," 11 Sep. 2019 Electric utility environments are significantly different from oil and gas operations in several aspects, but electric operations still have safety and protection equipment that could be targeted with similar tradecraft. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids," 15 June 2019 The senators called agencies’ judgments well supported and their tradecraft strong. New York Times, "In a Fox-Inspired Tweetstorm, Trump Offers a Medley of Falsehoods and Misstatements," 3 July 2018 So did her study of Russian tradecraft, said former CIA officers who know her. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of tradecraft

1961, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Tradecraft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tradecraft. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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