Reconnoiter (name explanation)

re·con·noi·ter      [ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-]

–verb (used with object)
1.	to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the
        enemy's strength or position, a region, etc.) in
        order to gain information for military purposes.
2.	to examine or survey (a region, area, etc.) for
        engineering, geological, or other purposes.

–verb (used without object)
3.	to make a reconnaissance.