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.
Reuters: CIA'S Brennan - Islamic State's Momentum Blunted in Syria, Iraq
Military Times: North Korean Envoy Says His Country Has Nuclear Missiles
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
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: Don’t Let Fears of a “Bad” Nuclear Deal With Iran Kill a Good One
Union of Concerned Scientists: China’s Nuclear Forces Feeling U.S. Pressure
US Department of Defense: Destruction of WWII-era Chemical Stockpile Set to Begin
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight: Biological Weapons as Deterrents in a Nuclear-Armed World
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
The Diplomat: Is the Pentagon Losing the Arms Race in Space?
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
The Intercept: Us Threatened Germany over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says
Office of Rep. Ted Lieu: Lieu, Russell Send Letter on Email Privacy
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Washington Post: Cyber Chief: Efforts to Deter Attacks against the US Are Not Working
Defense One: The FBI’s Big Plan to Expand Its Hacking Powers
The Intercept: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics
The Guardian (Op-Ed): The NSA's Plan: Improve Cybersecurity by Hacking Everyone Else
The Hill: NYPD Cop Arrested For Alleged Hacks
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
The Copenhagen Post: NATO Condemns Russian Nuclear Threat Against Denmark
Real Clear Defense: How Should NATO Respond to Russia's Hybrid Warfare?
Washington Post: Don’t Send Weapons to Ukraine, Top Russian Kremlin Critic Says
National Defense Magazine: Ukraine Wants Help with Electronic Warfare Threat
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
War is Boring: Fidel Castro Had a Bizarre Obsession with Milk
The Hill (Op-Ed): Vice President Biden, More of the Same Won't Work In Central America
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
The National Interest: Can Congress Stop China in the South China Sea?
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Washington Post: Don’t Sugarcoat the Costs of War with Iran
Us Department of State: On the Passing of President Rouhani's Mother
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Business Insider: Amazing Insight into What US Intelligence Knew About Hitler in 1943
The New Yorker: A Friend of the Devil: Inside a Famous Cold War Deception
The Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the War in Vietnam, 1960–1968, Part 2
War is Boring: Space Marines with Jetpacks!
National WWI Museum: Drawn To War the Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers
All the news that doesn’t fit.
The National Interest: Back to the Future: The US Navy Confronts Great Power Challengers
War on the Rocks: What Obama Gets Right and Wrong On Grand Strategy
Wall Street Journal: ‘The Americans’ Star Alison Wright on Martha, Mail Robots and Pen Maintenance