Luckily, this just happens to be something I’m very familiar with, having both been involved in real-world operations on source operations and surveillance teams as well as teaching agents in both classroom and field exercises (not to mention the crap ton of training I did, compliments of the government), so I’ll break down the basics for you as far as I understand the concept. If you really want to dig deeply into it, here’s a list of books that you might want to consider.
- Surveillance Tradecraft: The Professional’s Guide to Surveillance Training
- Surveillance Countermeasures: A Serious Guide To Detecting, Evading, And Eluding Threats To Personal Privacy
- Surveillance Detection, The Art of Prevention
- Secrets Of Surveillance: A Professional’s Guide To Tailing Subjects By Vehicle, Foot, Airplane, And Public Transportation
- Countering Hostile Surveillance: Detect, Evade, and Neutralize Physical Surveillance Threats
What is the Gray Man concept?
The gray man concept is the theory behind the tactics, techniques, and procedures of reducing an adversary’s awareness of your presence or actions, allowing you to operate in a semi-permissive environment.
In simpler terms, it means doing things in a way that any others either don’t pay attention to you or dismisses you from being a target while you go about your business. Essentially, it comes down to how to hide in plain sight.
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