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.
Politico Magazine: Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede
The Telegraph (UK): France Will Not Tolerate US Spying, Warns Hollande
Washington Post: ISIS Claims To Be Behind Deadly Tunisia Attack
The Diplomat: How Russia, China, and IS Have Made the US Popular Again
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The Hill: Obama Easing US Hostage Policy
The Daily Beast: This Is What the Government Thinks an ISIS Fighter Looks like
The Hill: Terror Attack Hits Gas Factory in France
Washington Post: Kuwait Officials Identify Suicide Bomber as Saudi Arabian Man
Defense One: Beyond Guantanamo
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: Sorting Fact from Fiction on Russian Missile Claims
The National Interest: US Air Force Rehearses Bombing Iran's Buried Nuclear Targets
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A Culture of Security: Focus for the Next Nuclear Security Summit?
Defense One: Senate, House a World Apart When It Comes to Nukes
The Diplomat: Should the US Spend $1 Trillion on Nuclear Weapons?
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
The Verge: The US Army is Getting Hoverbikes
The National Interest: Should 'Killer Robots' Be Banned?
Popular Scientist: Police Will Throw This Camera Ball Into Rooms
US Naval Institute: Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems
Popular Science: US Military Wants To Blow Up Landmines with Lasers
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Federation of American Scientists: Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies
Defense One: Cyber War Puts Democracies on the Defensive
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
The Diplomat: Putin to Press on With Russia’s Military Modernization
Center for European Policy Analysis: The Coming Storm: Baltic Sea Security Report
The National Interest: Watch Out, America: Russia Sends Super Advanced S-400 to NATO's Borders
The Diplomat: Groundhog Day: ‘Russia Developing 5th Generation Sub’
The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century.
Business Insider: Russia Is Deploying Advanced Aerial Weapon Systems to the Arctic
International Business Times: Russia MiG-31 Fighter's Arctic Navigation System Can Operate In Extreme Weather Without Satellites, Official Says
Alaska Dispatch News: Arctic Ambitions: Will US Let Russia Control Shipping in the Far North?
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Wanted Woman Seen As Symbol for US-Cuban Differences
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
Politico Magazine: The Pentagon’s Fight Over Fighting China
The National Interest: Japan Unleashed: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Diplomat: Can the UN Make a Difference in North Korea?
The National Interest: No Easy Task: The Right Way to Study China's Military
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
US Department of Defense: Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan
Washington Post: Theft of Saudi Documents Suggests an Iranian Hack
Council on Foreign Relations: Crisis Guide: Iran
The Diplomat: India’s Armed Drone Fleet
Washington Post: Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Aid Ship in Mediterranean
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
The Atlantic: That Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Politico Magazine: Where in the World Is the US Military?
War on the Rocks: US Submarines: To Stealth or Not To Stealth?