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The idea of approaching a target undetected or in a sneaky manner in order to achieve surprise has been a part of warfare since its inception. Using stealth in strategy as well as in tactics has created a dynamic in warfare between detection capabilities on one side and increasing ingenuity to evade detection on the other. The advent of airpower has not changed this nature of warfare, but it has changed the character of warfare as stealth capability has become more technologically oriented since the 1990s. Although the United States has invested heavily in stealth technology, its adversaries are investing in technology to defeat this asymmetric advantage. This entry focuses on the evolution of stealth technology and counter technology.

Detection-Evasion Technologies

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