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Weekly Intel Update

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news and get ready for the week ahead! *(week ending September 27)

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).  

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

Defense One: Obama, Putin Will Meet About Syria

NBC News: Obama: US and China Reach Cyber-Espionage 'Common Understanding'

The White House: FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States

The Independent (UK): MI6 Spy Gareth Williams Was ‘Killed By Russia for Refusing To Become Double Agent’, Former KGB Man Claims

Washington Post: OPM Says 5.6 Million Fingerprints Stolen in Cyberattack, Five Times as Many as Previously Thought

The Hill: NSA Said To Have Spied On Iran during UN Visit

The Intercept: Secret Surveillance Court Picks First Outsider to Get a Look In

New York Times: Military Analyst Again Raises Red Flags on Progress in Iraq

The Hill: NSA Head: Shutdown Is National Security Threat

Defense News: Chinese Jets in 'Unsafe' Intercept of US Spy Plane

Popular Mechanics: Theaters Will Use Night-Vision Goggles To Catch People Pirating 007 in 'Spectre'



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

The Daily Beast: The British Punk Rocker Widow Who Wants to Run ISIS’s Hackers

The Hill: Guantánamo Detainee Transferred To Saudi Arabia

Vice News: The Last British Guantanamo Detainee Will Now Be Released to the UK

Brookings: ISIS and the Unbearable Stateness of Being

The Daily Beast: Syrian Defector from US-Trained Force Found—With US Hardware

Radio Free Europe: Mosul's Vigilante Brigades Risk It All To Take on IS

Popular Mechanics: Year One: Inside the Air War Against ISIS

Vice News: Bizarre Terror Trial in Canada Ends With Two Life Sentences



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).  

The National Interest: The Great Nuclear Guessing Game: Has Russia Violated the INF Treaty?

Arms Control Wonk: Stanislav Petrov

The National Interest: Is Turkey Secretly Working on Nuclear Weapons?

Arms Control Wonk: C3: Nuclear Command, Control, Cooperation



Anything new in spy and defense science and technology. 

Popular Mechanics: What They're Building Inside America's Secret Spy Tech Lab

US Naval Institute: US, UK Navies Expanding Experiments Using 3D Printing

Defense One: DHS Wants Self Destructing Phones

Naked Security: A Sassy Chatbot Named Rose Just Won a Big Test of Artificial Intelligence

Popular Science: Quantum Teleportation Can Go as Far as the Boundary of Space

The Daily Beast: Paralyzed Man Walks Using Brain Power

Popular Science: Humans in Different Buildings Linked Brain-To-Brain

Popular Mechanics: The Air Force Wants to Put Huge Lasers on Its Gunships

Popular Science: General Atomics Wants To Put Lasers on Drones

Government of the United Kingdom: The UK Unveils Its Soldier of the Future



Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.

Huffington Post: NSA Head Mike Rogers, Congress' Punching Bag

Defense One: In Defense of the ISIS Intelligence Whistleblowers

Lawfare: Weaponized Wikileaks: Nick Reads Wikileaks So You Don't Have To

Washington Post: Obama Administration Explored Ways to Bypass Smartphone Encryption

The Hill: NSA Head: We Need Bulk Collection

ACLU (Opinion): How the NSA’s Mass Internet Spying Poisons Society

Washingtonian: Newseum Greets Chinese President with Banners about Crackdowns on Press

Popular Mechanics: US Air Force Tells Airmen Exactly How to Say Nice Things about the F-35



The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal. 

NextGov: Pentagon Races to Boost Cyber Troop Size

Reuters: US to China: Quit Cyber Spying

Wired: Spy Agency Contractor Puts Out a $1M Bounty for an iPhone Hack

LA Times: NSA Chief Says Chinese Government Encourages Cybertheft

Center for Strategic and International Studies: Measuring Cybersecurity Success at the Summit

Wired: Google’s Three Tips for Sabotaging the Cybercrime Economy



Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

The Daily Beast: Russia’s Driving the Nordics Into NATO

Radio Free Europe: Cybersleuth Points to Russian Tank Unit in Eastern Ukraine

The Aviationist: Latest Imagery Shows 28 Russian Aircraft (12 Su-24s, 12 Su-25s and 4 Su-30s) On the Ground at Airbase in Syria

Bellingcat: Geolocating Russian Military Aircraft in Syria

Radio Free Europe: Estonian Kohver Thanks Supporters after Exchange with Russian Spy

Popular Mechanics: What's So Worrying About Russian Warplanes and Tanks in Syria

US Naval Institute: Document: Report to Congress on How Russian Military Deployments to Syria Could Complicate US Policy

The National Interest: Lowdown: What Russian Citizens Really Think of Putin and Why

The Daily Beast: Russia Wants Texas and Puerto Rico to Secede



The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century.  

CNBC: A Melting Arctic: The World Is Skating on Thin Ice

Alaska Dispatch News: US, Russia Must Keep Talking, Cooperating In Arctic



Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries. 

Washington Post: Colombian President, Rebels Announce Major Breakthrough in Peace Talks

US Department of State: Change in Action: Cuba, How a Nation Comes Online

AP: American Tourist Killed in Botched Robbery in Colombia

The National Interest: Venezuela's Elections: Why America Should Support the Opposition

War is Boring: Peru’s Maoist Rebels Survive by Selling Drugs and Enslaving People

The Daily Beast: Pope Francis, Cuba, and the Yanqui Capitalist Curse

Vice News: Parents of Missing 43 Students Angry and Frustrated After Meeting Mexican President



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

The Hill: Obama Raises Trade, Human Rights in Xi's Welcome

Defense One: China’s Copycat Jet Raises Questions About F-35

The Daily Beast: The New Chinese Missile That Has the US Air Force Spooked

The National Interest: Could a Chinese Submarine Really Sink a US Aircraft Carrier?

Popular Mechanics: China's New Operating System Looks Suspiciously Familiar

The Hill: China's President Promises to Address US Tech Concerns



Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news. 

The Hill: Defense Officials Reviewing New Options for Afghan Drawdown

Huffington Post: Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr Sentenced To Crucifixion In Saudi Arabia For Attending Pro-Democracy Protest

Reuters: Syrian War Spurs First Withdrawal from Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault

Radio Free Europe: Supreme Leader Revives Feared Intelligence Unit of Iran's IRGC

The National Interest: Is Iran's Strategy in Iraq Adrift?



News articles that highlight the secret history of history.  

Salon: How to Explain the KGB’s Amazing Success Identifying CIA Agents in the Field?

Foxtrot Alpha: Never-Seen Photos of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept that Predicted the Future

The National Interest: The Ultimate Weapon of War: Nuclear Land Mines?

War is Boring: The CIA's Bizarre History of Nuclear China and the Sino-Soviet Split

War on the Rocks: History Restarted: The Return of the Machiavellian Moment

War is Boring: The US Air Force Has Loathed Close Air Support Since the Beginning



All the news that doesn’t fit.  

Overt Action: How the CIA Profiles World Leaders

The Verge: Encryption Might Be the Reason We’ve Never Heard from Aliens, Says Snowden

US Navy: Pacific Submarine Force Conducts Successful Clandestine Mine Exercise

The National Interest: The US Army Plans for the War of the Future: Russia, Nukes and More