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Explore the technologies used by the military to covertly acquire intelligence and infiltrate enemy lines. Learn how sophisticated listening devices and invisible aircraft enable military forces to get right up to the enemy's doorstep.

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How Code Breakers Work

Code breakers use logic and intuition to uncover secret information. From ciphers in ancient Greece to modern computer encryption schemes, codes are becoming more complex and harder to solve. Who are the people breaking codes and how do they do it?


10 Insane Disguises That Actually Worked

10 Insane Disguises That Actually Worked

People have used some insane disguises -- and some of them actually worked. Learn about 10 of the most bizarre and successful disguises. See more »

Wild World: Spy Quiz

Wild World: Spy Quiz

This spy quiz can help test your knowledge of the exciting world of spies. Check out this spy quiz from HowStuffWorks See more »

How Code Breakers Work

Code breakers are people who use logic and intuition in order to uncover secret information. Learn more about code breakers and how code breakers work. See more »

How can acoustics technology help police locate gunshots?

How can acoustics technology help police locate gunshots?

In parts of cities like Washington, D.C., gunshot-detection systems are improving police response time to shots fired. Sometimes, the perpetrator hasn’t even had time to flee the scene when the cops arrive. See more »

How Stealth Bombers Work

How Stealth Bombers Work

There is some serious technology and ingenuity involved in making a 172-foot-wide, bomb-carrying aircraft "disappear." Find out how the B-2 bomber deals with enemy radar. See more »

How Spy Flies Will Work

How Spy Flies Will Work

Gathering reconnaissance during battle typically puts small teams of soldiers in harm's way. Tiny robotic flyers, called micro air vehicles (MAVs), could do away with this danger. Learn all about spy flies. See more »

What is a remotely operated spy plane?

I've heard about small planes that help the United States military gather information. How do these remotely operated spy planes work? See more »

What is a keyhole satellite and what can it really spy on?

On a television drama last week, the plot involved photos taken of a Russian missile silo, and the characters mentioned a "keyhole satellite." What is a keyhole satellite and what can it really spy on? See more »

How does stealth technology work?

When an airplane is described as a "stealth" aircraft, what does that mean? What is "stealth technology" and how does it work? See more »