I had this post set to appear in a few weeks as a response to the different readers sending their questions after a few posts about recon and site casing, but after the fun post by Jason at GORUCK about this subject, I thought I'd post it now.
Like I mentioned before, recon is crucial to a successful operation, be it physical or digital. A key part of this is the site casing: observing a location and learning its vulnerable points, its atmospherics, its rhythm. Knowing the locations of entrances and exits, potential choke points, security cameras and other devices can influence what you do or don't do. It also help planning the escape routes. Yes: Rule 1 - Always have an escape plan.