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.
Defense One: House Passes Blockbuster Cybersecurity Bill
BuzzFeed: The Untouchable John Brennan
Federation of American Scientists: Russia Images the LACROSSE Spysat
Wall Street Journal: China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The National Interest: ISIS Revealed: Spies, Intelligence and Blackmail
Public Radio International: Thanks for Listening To ISIS Radio in English
Politico: Al Qaeda’s American Dream Ends
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: Russian Nuclear Forces, 2015
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Why Nuclear Dominoes Won't Fall In the Middle East
Military Times: Chlorine Chemical Weapon of Choice in Syria
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Arms Control Wonk: Metadata: MetaUseful & MetaCreepy
Popular Science: The High-Tech Battle against Pirates
Defense One: The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns
Popular Mechanics: The Unmanned X-47B Just Pulled Off a Mid-Air Refueling
National Defense Magazine: Carter’s Courtship of Silicon Valley Could Reshape Military-Industrial Complex
Popular Science: Augmented Reality Glasses Are Coming To the Battlefield
Defense One: Marines Testing Piggyback Hunter Drones
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Washington Post: McConnell Bill Would Extend NSA Surveillance
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Second Annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: 2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations
Defense One: The United States Needs a Drone Board
Washington Post: The New German Spying Scandal Is a Big Deal
Department of Defense: DoD Cyber Strategy
The Atlantic Council: The Pentagon's New Cyber Strategy (The Abridged Version of Above)
Washington Post: For First Time, Pentagon Strategy Addresses Use Of Cyberweapons
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
The National Interest: Russia and America: Stumbling to War
Jane’s 360: New Russian Heavy Armor Breaks Cover
Defense One: It’s Time To Figure Out What Putin Wants
The National Interest: Is Russia Destined to Dominate the Arctic?
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
Popular Science: Chinese Shipyard Looks to Build Giant Floating Islands
The National Interest: Danger: China Is Building Massive Mobile Islands
The Diplomat: China, Japan Spar over Future of Asia-Africa Cooperation
The National Interest: Watch Out, China: Asia's Dangerous Submarine Race Heats Up
The Diplomat: What Does India's Carrier Aviation Future Hold?
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
The National Interest: How America Can Win Iran's Trust
Washington Post: How Iranians Are Debating the Nuclear Deal
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
American Institute of Physics: The Role of Space Exploration in Cold War Diplomacy
PBS Frontline: The Hidden Intelligence Breakdowns Behind the Mumbai Attacks
Washington Post: Model For Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Dies at 92
War on the Rocks: The Naval Historian and His Library: An Interview With John Hattendorf
Politico: Senate Begins Probe into Joe McCarthy Ally, April 22, 1954 (Cohn was prosecutor on the Rosenberg case)
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Huffington Post: French Parliament Debates Bill To Give Spies More Powers
The Intercept: New Zealand Plotted Hack on China with NSA