"Disguises of War," airing tonight at 8 on Channels 28 and 15 and at 9 on Channel 50, offers an absorbing look at the never-ending shadow games that countries play. This "Nova" episode could also have been titled "How to Win Wars by Fooling the Other Guy."
A technique probably as old as organized warfare (see index under "Horse, Trojan"), "Disguises" examines the modern methods of camouflage and battlefield deceit.
As practiced by the armed forces of the world, the art and science of deception takes many forms, ranging from simple camouflage to complex systems to make even a bomber or submarine undetectable.
Through a series of interviews mixed with war footage and some excellent graphics, "Disguises" explicates the workings of devices ranging from simple two-dimensional plane cutouts parked on airfield runways to the elaborate--and enormously expensive--B-2 Stealth bomber. Both sides of this deadly game are covered--hiding your own troops and equipment and finding the enemy's.