The domain or the world of academics - teachers and researchers in universities and colleges - is referred to as academia. What do you call the domain of secret agents, spies and covert ops teams, with secure and secret compounds, under-the-radar government sections and the like?

Note: If possible, a term with a Latin flavor would be nice.

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    Maybe Intelligence?
    – user66974
    Jun 9, 2014 at 21:05
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    In the US: Intelligence is the "I" in CIA, DIA, etc.
    – Gus
    Jun 9, 2014 at 21:05
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    Certainly not intelligensia! Jun 9, 2014 at 21:32

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Espionage would seem to be the best fit, I think.


the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company


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