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).
Department of Justice: Attorney General Holder Announces Charges Against Russian Spy Ring in New York City
New York Times: 3 Charged With Working as Agents for Russia in New York
Washington Post: Former CIA officer convicted in leak case
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: It Is 3 Minutes to Midnight
The Daily Beast: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down
Business Insider: Russia Sent a Spy Ship to Havana While US Diplomats Are Visiting
The National Interest: Russia's Nuclear Forces Conduct Surprise Drill
Defense News: US Trainers to Deploy to Ukraine
The Miami Herald: Navy Relieves Guantánamo Base Commander amid Death Probe
Huffington Post: GOP Plans to Give Explosive Document Back to CIA
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
Politico: City Of Paris to Sue Fox News
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
PBS Frontline: The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin
The XX Committee: Ukraine and the Lessons of Georgia
War is Boring: No, Russia Isn’t a Strategic Threat in Latin America
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: Three Minutes and Counting
Boston Globe: How a Nuclear Near-Miss In ’95 Would Be a Disaster Today
Defense One: Can Ash Carter Tame the Nuclear Weapons Budget?
Federation of American Scientists: The Nuclear Weapons “Procurement Holiday”
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Big Banks and Their Game of Risk
The Diplomat: Dual-Use Traders: The Real WMD Threat in Southeast Asia?
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Missileers: Seeking Meaningful Employment
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Breaking Defense: Transparent Sea: The Unstealthy Future Of Submarines
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments: The Emerging Era in Undersea Warfare
Popular Science: Should We Put a Drone on Mars?
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
The New Yorker: Who Can Control N.S.A. Surveillance?
Christian Science Monitor: In Post-Snowden Era, NSA Maintains Surprisingly Favorable Image
Politico: CIA Leak Trial Now in Jury’s Hands
International Business Times: Edward Snowden Prefers Simple Phone to iPhone Due to Snooping Concerns
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
National Security Agency: Defensive Best Practices for Destructive Malware
The Information Security Arm of GCHQ (UK): Common Cyber Attacks: Reducing the Impact
The Daily Beast: Our South Korean Allies Also Hack the U.S.—and We Don’t Seem to Care
Federal News Radio: DoD Intel Chief Vickers Gives Cyber Premier Priority Status
Defense Systems: Users Becoming Hackers' Favorite Path into Networks, Survey Finds
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
The Moscow Times: Russia Dares Ukraine to Prove Alleged Presence of Regular Troops
The Atlantic: How to Survive a Russian Invasion
The Jamestown Foundation: Putin Sets Military Trap for Poroshenko
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
Cuba Confidential: Havana’s Spies Seen as Big Winner in New US-Cuban Relations
New York Times: U.S. Outpost in Cuba to Step Out of the Shadows
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
Breaking Defense: US Army Communications in Pacific Stretched, Tested
Popular Science: China Gets Three Warships in One Day
The National Interest: The Real Military Threat from China: Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles
Stars and Stripes: Japan's Response to Islamic State Hostage Situation Limited by Constitution
The National Interest: Run Silent, Run Australian? Why Australia Should Build Its Own Subs
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Washington Post (Op-Ed): Give Diplomacy with Iran a Chance
The National Interest: The Real U.S.-Iran Dilemma: What Happens After a Nuclear Deal?
The National Interest: Why America Will Miss Saudi King Abdullah
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
The Globe and Mail (Canada): Spy Master John Starnes Helped Nurture Canada’s Cold War Intelligence System
Central Intelligence Agency: Cloak and Dagger: The Unexpected Beginnings of CIA
Aviation Week: The Case of the Missing F-117 Parts
Military Times: WWII 'Devil's Brigade' To Receive Medal
Stars and Stripes: WWII Vet Who Escaped From Bataan Death March Finally Gets His Purple Heart
All the news that doesn’t fit.
US Department of Defense: Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency Reins
Popular Science: Can Intelligence Analysts Predict The Future?
The Daily Beast: Air Force Turns to Supersonic Mercenaries
War on the Rocks: Military Command in the 21st Century Through the Eyes of Two Generals
Fortuna’s Corner: The Golden Age of Black Ops
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Remarks as Prepared for Robert Cardillo Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Leadership Dinner