Most often, military technology is kept secret for the same reason that Mycroft Holmes cited when he enlisted his brother Sherlock's help in the little matter of the Bruce-Partington plans. The fictional submarine was so effective that “naval warfare becomes impossible within the radius of a Bruce-Partington's operation.” The security measures that protected the “black” world's most famed projects—the U-2, the original A-12 Blackbird and F-117 aircraft, and the Corona imaging ...

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