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Tell everyone that eating more carrots allows them to see in the dark No really. That's how radar was kept secret during WWII. The idea that it might is due to a myth begun by the Air Ministry in World War II. To prevent the Germans finding out that Britain was using radar to intercept bombers on night raids, they issued press releases stating that ...


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Well, first of all, the people using the new sensors don't actually need to know how they work. All you need to tell them is, "We've fitted some fancy new sensors to your ship/sub/whatever, you'll be able to see everything on an X-mile radius on this screen here, if something goes wrong then come to us and we'll fix it." For the people producing and ...


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Disguise it as existing technology During WWII — this infinite resource of answers to questions such as this — Germany developed navigation systems that allowed for "blind bombing" (bombing without seeing the ground or the target) that in theory allowed a bomber to drop its ordnance within 10 meters of an intended release-point. This was WWII... long before ...


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There are very real world training programs designed to identify folks with, and further enhance, astounding levels of resilience, endurance, and fortitude. Most of that you would consider a "super spy" is really just someone with a very high level of patience, perseverance through adversity, and dogged determination. You don't need super healing, world ...


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While a suicide attack is perhaps the most likely to be effective, I would question the idea there is only one "indispensable man" in the opposing organization. To work on and create a high level project is going to need a lot of resources, and many people who know portions of the project and who could (with suitable management and resources) pick up the ...


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By misdirecting shipments so that e.g. one base gets 200 tons of paper, but one doesn't, thus requiring extra effort to redress the bureaucratic screw-ups. This wouldn't require any technology at all - just an "incompetent" pen-pusher in the right office. If you want a technological attack, something along the lines of firmware attacks (e.g. BadUSB) on mice/...


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According to this paper, clicking the tongue and hissing are the most common sound used for human echolocation. There are also reports of people tapping hard surfaces with their canes and using that as the sound source. Assuming your spies were trained by blind people, who developed this skill out of necessity, they would probably use similar sounds. There ...


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You might be interested in the history of the Proximity Fuze, which is a fascinating read. It was invented during WW2. It is a tiny Doppler radar mounted on top of an anti-aircraft shell, which detonates said shell when it comes in close enough proximity of an enemy aircraft. This multiplies the effectiveness of AA shells compared to previous tech, which ...


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The real life answer is not to use super soldiers at all, but "grey men". During the cold war era, the KGB and GRU could assassinate defectors in the West without anyone being caught, despite the use of exotica like putting radioactive polonium in the tea or injecting a victim with a pellet of Ricin concealed inside an umbrella. The Mossad is also known to ...


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Let's go by a basic sound principle: higher-frequency sounds are absorbed quicker than low frequency sounds. For stealthy purposes, this means that someone in the next room is less likely to hear a squeak as opposed to a burp, volumes being equal. This is also beneficial for our spy as it means that the echoes from their high-pitched emission are more ...


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This question reminds me of the adage/quote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. It applies to operations as well as technology. In real life, you're not going to find anyone like James Bond or Ethan Hunt, etc. There are no super soldiers who are one man armies that can take out hordes of trained opponents. To be ...


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You need a cover story within a cover story. On top of all the deception you direct at the enemy, as well as not handing the device out to too many people, start some new sensor project as a cover story for use within your own military. Launch some new spy satellites, open secretive computer facilities, install radar dishes, the whole shebang. Make up a Top ...


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Target the point of vulnerability, rather than the point of strength. Unless this researcher never takes vacation, leave for family emergencies, or the like, he/she will eventually go home or to a mall or other public venue. You can then use whatever discreet method you choose to eliminate the threat. For example, NCIS had an episode where the chosen method ...


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Here is a bit whimsical method to mess with the bad guys. Take a page from the Joker in the 1989 Batman film. Use a 2 part toxin in the pens, toner, and paper! Bureaucracies mean paperwork, and lots of it. If printed sheets off gas something that is mildly toxic, not necessarily lethal or dramatic, you could create all kinds of bureaucratic snafus. Get ...


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During the late 60's and throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union ran several very succesful spy programs. One of their strengths was pitching these groups against one another, and thus capturing information regarding a Western secret from several different sources, thus getting a very complete understanding of what's going on in the West. Author Victor ...


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No Your smell is the result of a whole bunch of different factors, some of which are: diet, pheromones, hygiene, genes, personal biome, and age. Short of encasing someone in a bubble, there is no preventing them from having a smell. You are literally constantly leaving parts of you everywhere, that's how blood hounds track you. The Mythbusters tried and ...


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Tempering electronics would be my choice. Depending on the technological level difference between the two states, I would assume adding electronics to existing electronic devices would be best. Add a hardware keyboard logger to the keyboard. Add a microphone to the desk fan The CoC may perform basic checks but unless they do a comparison between the ...


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Given my own experiences with night sounds, I'd go with cricket chirps. People who live among those creatures barely give the noise a second thought. Attempting to track the source down is rarely worth it, because the cricket will stop for a while (long enough to frustrate a searcher, far to short to alleviate the aggravation) once something big like a ...


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Secretly equip your troops with the new device. Strike fast. Quickly conquer the world. Make your empire a better place. Create world peace and a just empire.


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I'm going to make a HUGE assumption: you're talking about the kind of software that would track people in the streets. Not software that would have the chance to closely examine people like access scanners. If you want to fool every scanner on earth, the answer is "absolutely not." I can't think of anything you can do to fool a retina scanner without ...


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New Answer Access to keyboards are still instant win buttons Like the old answer, compromised keyboards are prime targets to hacking because so much sensitive information passes through them. Mice are probably a good thing to compromise but I don't know how much they add. Attack Environment It's very common for high security computer networks to be ...


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You can't, not fully. What you could do is make sure it isn't a critical sensor. Let it greatly augment your forces but when it breaks it doesn't prevent your forces from fighting the old way. Then you can create a dedicated group to work with this technology. This will need to be highly trained operatives willing to take their own lives if needed. You ...


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The following plan is based around one idea: you can't escape if the murder is discovered. That's rule one. There are no other rules. They are obviously paranoid about security. If there is an unresolved murder in the base, fat chance getting on that transport. See rule one. Their security system is, for all intents and purposes, undefeatable. 24/7 ...


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How to encode and send the information they gather, and when. That's it. Maybe the local language if you want to skyrocket the risk by sending a foreigner. The best real spies live very dull, boring and standard lifes, have an according personality and a very civilian skillset. They are so uninteresting they raise no suspicions, ever. But of course, they ...


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Several options: Mask its effect. Have the weapon fire in conjunction with other weapons to make it look like the other weapons have become more effective. Mask its cause. I read a comic book where a super-villain held a bubble gun and fired it at the heroes. The gun actually did nothing, but it got the heroes to look at him so that he could make eye-...


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Conveniently, the CIA recently declassified a manual with instructions and suggestions for sabotage. It's short and simply written, and you should read it. The manual describes a few different considerations. The big ones I remember are distinctions between actions when the armed forces are mobilized or not, distinctions between skilled and unskilled ...


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Don't use it in places where the enemy may gain access to the device. This is pretty much standard procedure where feasible. For example the first Meteor jets the Brits built during WW2 (yes, the first units were active before the war ended) were barred from flying over German held territory to prevent the aircraft from falling into enemy hands if it were ...


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Have alternate plausible explanations for how they got the information. The British interception of the Zimmerman Telegram is a good example of how this can be done. In WWI, the British intercepted a telegram sent to the German embassy in the United States, and upon decrypting it, determined it to contain information that if revealed to the U.S. might get ...


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Scentless itself is a problem. While many things are in pure form without scent, once they come in contact with dirt and bacteria, biofilms build which create own scent. If you like smells, you know that you need to test parfum on your own skin, not on neutral paper because it really changes dependent on skin. If you sniff materials in close distance, you ...


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So the rules are Abide by the laws of science Keeping skills and capabilities within what is technically possible for a human Not altering history The question to answer is how they could exist while we have no evidence of their existence The first thing, we need to bear in mind is that there has to be no evidence, so this rules out government ...


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