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: Russia and China Have a Cyber Nonaggression Pact
Popular Science: Lockheed Skunkworks Eyes a New U-2
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The Hill: Boston Marathon Bomber Wants New Trial
Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Governing the Caliphate: The Islamic State Picture
Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Al-Muhajiroun’s European Recruiting Pipeline
Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Islamic State Affiliates Press Hamas
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: Questioning the Case for New Nuclear Weapons
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Boston Globe: Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Takes a Hike in the Woods
Business Insider: Boeing Has Patented a Flying Drone That Turns Into a Submarine
The National Interest: Coming to a War Near You: Hypersonic Weapons
War is Boring: Meet the US Air Force’s Commando Test Plane
Popular Science: IBM Chips Could Make Your Smartphone Think Like a Mouse
The National Interest: Could Underwater Drones Replace Today's Lethal Submarines?
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Bloomberg: Snowden's Window for a Plea Deal Is Closing
Defense One: The Intel Community Needs a Better Media Strategy
Huffington Post: Heroism Defeats Torture at the American Psychological Association
The Verge: What Government Secrets Look Like
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
National Security Agency: Cryptology, Whack-A-Mole, & Time Travel: NSA's Research Director on Securing Cyberspace
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Daily Beast: Russia’s Playing a Double Game with Islamic Terror
The National Interest: Get Ready, NATO: Russia Plans to Build Nuclear-Powered Battlecruisers
Daily Beast: How Russia Hides Its Dead Soldiers Killed in Ukraine
The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century.
National Defense Magazine: Official: Other Countries Are Questioning US Commitment to the Arctic
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
The Intercept: Inside the Spyware Campaign Against Argentine Troublemakers
The National Interest: Why US Leaders Don't Need to Fear Latin American 'Soft Balancers'
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
The National Interest: China Tests Its Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon of All Time
Defense News: Chinese Radar Strongly Resembles Israeli Product
Washington Post: The World Can’t Ignore North Korea’s Nuclear Progression
The National Interest: North Korea's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Defense One: What Iran Deal Critics Don’t Understand About Iran
Defense News: IDF Document Makes No Mention of Iranian Nuke Threat
Defense One: This Could Be the Change Iraq Has Been Waiting For
Daily Beast: Iraq’s Most Fearsome Shia Militia Leader Speaks Out
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
The National Interest: The Interview: Henry Kissinger
War is Boring: The Man Who Wanted to Nuke a Hurricane
War on the Rocks: Did Vodka Dull the Sword of Damocles?
The National Interest: Worst Idea Ever: Dropping Nuclear Bombs During the Vietnam War
The National Interest: America’s Cold War Nuclear Satellite-Killer
War is Boring: Remember When Australia Pretend-Nuked a Rainforest?
The National Interest: The Soviet Union's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Air Force Times: Air Force Warns Deployed Airmen: 'Loose Tweets Destroy Fleets'