Weekly Intel Update

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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).


TOP NEWS
The most important stories from the last week, all in one place. 

Defense One: House Passes Blockbuster Cybersecurity Bill

Washington Post: Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Mishandling Classified Material, Will Face Probation

BuzzFeed: The Untouchable John Brennan

Popular Science: China and Russia Sign Biggest Arms Deal in a Decade; Buy World's Best Missile

Federation of American Scientists: Russia Images the LACROSSE Spysat

The Guardian: US Journalist Jason Rezaian Charged With Espionage in Iran

Wall Street Journal: China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.   

The Guardian: ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi 'Seriously Wounded In Air Strike'

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

CNN: How ISIS Is Luring So Many Americans to Join Its Ranks

Washington Post: Facing Threat in Congress, Pentagon Races To Resettle Guantanamo Inmates


NUKES

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.  

War on the Rocks: Intelligence Data Management: There’s No App for That … But There Should Be

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

 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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

 

CYBER

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

Wired: Feds Warn Airlines to Look Out for Passengers Hacking Jets

The Hill: Russians Used Flaws in Windows, Adobe Flash for Spying Campaign

Wired: How to Detect Sneaky NSA ‘Quantum Insert’ Attacks

 

RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

LA Times: US Warns Of New Russian Buildup in Ukraine

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?

 

LATIN AMERICA

The Guardian: Former Argentina Spy Chief Flees Country in Fear of His Life, Lawyer Says

CNN: Why is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Visiting Cuba?

The Guardian: Cuba-US Thaw Brings Fate of Cold War-Era Fugitives on the Island into Focus

 

CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC

America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.

Vice News: Someone Flew a Drone Carrying Radioactive Material on to the Japanese PM’s Office

Popular Science: Chinese Shipyard Looks to Build Giant Floating Islands

The National Interest: Danger: China Is Building Massive Mobile Islands

The Hill: Senators Mull Response to China's Moves in Disputed 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

Vice News: China Is Planning to Rebuild the Silk Road and Transform Global Trade Routes

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

 

INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

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)

 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Huffington Post: French Parliament Debates Bill To Give Spies More Powers

The Intercept: New Zealand Spy Data Shared With Bangladeshi Human Rights Abusers

The Intercept: New Zealand Plotted Hack on China with NSA

Defense One: Army Shows Women No Slack at Elite Army Ranger Qualifiers

The Intercept: The FBI Informant Who Mounted a Sting Operation against the FBI