Every Monday, SPY will bring you a Weekly Intelligence Update highlighting the previous week’s worldwide news events from espionage incidents to national security and general intelligence. Note: Linking to these stories does not constitute an endorsement from the International Spy Museum. As the Museum historian, I found many of these news stories were interesting (and that you might too).
The most important stories from the last week, all in one place.
Washington Post: House Approves Measure Ending NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection Program
Defense One: NSA Spying Heads to Critical Senate Showdown
The Hill: House Rejects Bid to Close Gitmo
THE OSAMA BIN LADEN RAID
News this week centered on possible discrepancies in the story of the Osama bin Laden raid.
Politico Magazine: Sy Hersh, Lost in a Wilderness of Mirrors
New York Times Magazine: The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
Politico Magazine: The Real Story of Benghazi
The Daily Beast: Iraq’s B.S. About Killing ISIS Bosses
Politico Magazine: ‘Here’s What I Really Worry About…’
The Diplomat: Playing 'Telephone' With ISIS Central Asia Estimates
News about nuclear weapons, and the intelligence and national security ramifications they present. I will also include news about chemical, radiological, and biological weapons here as well (all the WMDs in one convenient location).
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Listening In On the Nuclear Underground
Arms Control Wonk: North Korean SLBM Test
Popular Science: Did North Korea Really Launch a Missile from a Sub?
The National Interest: Funding America's Nuclear Triad
Federation of American Scientists: Pentagon Report: China Deploys MIRV Missile
The National Interest: America's Next Big Challenge: Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Leakout
Arms Control Association: Understanding the North Korean Nuclear Threat
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Popular Mechanics: The X-37B Secret Space Plane Is Ready to Fly Again
Popular Science: To Fight Infections, the Army Wants a Better Bugcatcher
IARPA: Quantum Programs at IARPA
Popular Science: Portable Electric Grid Will Go Everywhere the Army Goes
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Just Security: What ACLU v. Clapper Means
Voice of America: Are You Being Swept Up in US Intelligence Surveillance?
The Intercept: Obama’s War on Leaks Faces Backlash in Court
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Business Insider: It's Becoming Easier and Easier To 'Rent A Hacker'
The National Interest: Explained: Why China's Cyberwar Strategy is Extremely Dangerous
Security Week: Russian Cyber Espionage Group Planning to Hit Banks: Report
The White House: Save the Date…the National Day of Civic Hacking is Coming June 6!
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Popular Mechanics: Why These 3 US Warplanes Are Gathering on Russia's Doorstep
The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century.
New York Times: US Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arctic Ocean
Alaska Dispatch News: New Icebreakers Open Way for Russia in Arctic
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
New York Times: Some Doubt That North Korea Executed a Top General
The Diplomat: What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military
US Department of Defense: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015
Politico: The Sleeper Issue of 2016 Is China
The National Interest: Is America's Deadly B-1 Bomber Headed to Australia to Deter China?
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
The Daily Beast: Turks Are Wondering if Their President Is Insane
The National Interest: America's Pakistan Policy Is Sheer Madness
The National Interest: India to Launch First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
National Archives: Virginia Hall Receives the Distinguished Service Cross, 5/12/1945
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Department of the Army: Cultural and Situational Understanding