Soft Target

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A military term referring to unarmoured/undefended non-military target—e.g., a city or industrial region targeted for destruction. Soft targets can generally be overcome from any direction with typical ordnance in use by line units.
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A DISABLED widower was conned out of PS55,000 after ending up on a suckers list of soft targets sold to ruthless con artists.
INTERPOL chief Noble pointed out that al Queda had recently issued a call for "brothers to strike soft targets, to do it in small groups.
56mm round that provides excellent soft target consistency and vastly better hard target performance; it also increases our Soldiers' effectiveness at extended ranges with better accuracy.
Intelligence Agencies in their report has mentioned that Orangi Town was main hub of target killings and riots in the past and would be soft target at the occasion of by-elections.
He has had a trilogy of books published called Soft Target and two others, Blister and The 18th Brigade.
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations is making overseas schools safer by providing grants for security upgrades through the Soft Target Program.
Irrespective of the strategy deployed, hitting the soft target has some hard repercussions which most of the HR managers tend to ignore.
This measure is not about combating terrorism or illegal immigration; it's picking a soft target who will easily be coerced to be catalogued by the 'database state'.
These people obviously believe charity cars are a soft target but they do not fully realise the implications of their actions.
This will be the test to prove they weren't just using us as a soft target.
The timing of today's attack is significant as holidaymakers are a soft target.
The public is losing respect for the police because they are seen to be targeting 'the soft target of the middle classes' instead of serious crime, an MP has claimed.