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).

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TOP NEWS

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

Popular Science: Scientists Adjust Doomsday Clock Over Nuclear Threats and Climate Change

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

Washington Post: Yemen Chaos Threatens U.S. Counterterror Efforts, Including Drone Program

Defense News: US Trainers to Deploy to Ukraine

Reuters: Nearly Every U.S. Arms Program Found Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

The Miami Herald: Navy Relieves Guantánamo Base Commander amid Death Probe

Huffington Post: GOP Plans to Give Explosive Document Back to CIA

Politico: Richard Burr Takes CIA Report Fight to Senate Referee

Reuters: Hoax Caller Impersonating Spy Chief Put Through To UK PM Cameron

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

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

Atlantic Council: ‘Heightened Risk’ of Terrorist Attack in West, Top Pentagon Official Says

CBS News: 2 al Qaeda Members Charged in US for Conspiracy to Kill Americans

The Guardian: British 'Secret Agent Men' To Wear Wigs and Makeup at Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Trial

Buzzfeed: “No One Is Ready” For the New Breed of Terror

The Hill: Hagel: Yemen unrest could affect transfers from Guantánamo

Time: America’s Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing

ABC News: American Who Flipped on Al Qaeda Reemerges in New Terror Case

Politico: City Of Paris to Sue Fox News



RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.  

PBS Frontline: The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin

Jane’s: Russia To Build More Arctic Airfields

War is Boring: Why Ukrainian Troops Are Calling the Donetsk Airport Siege ‘Stalingrad’

Vice News: Drone Footage Shows Ukraine's Donetsk Airport in Ruins After Months of Fighting

Business Insider: Top Gear Russia Magazine Accidentally Published an Image of a Classified Submarine

The XX Committee: Ukraine and the Lessons of Georgia

War is Boring: No, Russia Isn’t a Strategic Threat in Latin America

Vice News: Russian Official Resigns Amid Calls to Censor Films That Threaten 'National Unity'

 

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: 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?

The Guardian: When You Wish Upon a Star: Nuclear Fusion and the Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Missileers: Seeking Meaningful Employment

Popular Science: Why the Ebola Epidemic Is (So Far) Less Devastating Than Scientists Predicted

 

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

The Guardian: Pentagon Says Air Force's 'Expanding Drone Fleet' Is Unjustified and Wasteful

Defense Update: ‘Atlas Unplugged’ Humanoid Like Robot to Roam Free (Of Cables) at DARPA Robotic Challenge

Popular Science: Should We Put a Drone on Mars?



GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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

CNET: Police Now 'See' Through Walls and Know If You're Home

The Hill: Snowden: French Spying Didn’t Stop Terror Attacks

The Verge: A Spy In The Machine: How a Brutal Government Used Cutting-Edge Spyware to Hijack One Activist's Life

Bloomberg: Microsoft Gave Data on Charlie Hebdo Probe to FBI in 45 Minutes

International Business Times: Edward Snowden Prefers Simple Phone to iPhone Due to Snooping Concerns

 

CYBER

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

Brookings: Will Sharing Cyberthreat Information Help Defend the United States?

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

Reuters: Pentagon Says Classified Data on U.S. F-35 Jet Fighter Program Remains Secure

 

RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

NPR: Ukraine Rebel Leader Claims New Attack on Mariupol

LA Times: Ukraine Troops Retreat after Losing Donetsk Airport to Separatists

Reuters: NATO Calls On Russia to Pull Troops from Ukraine

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

Bloomberg: Putin Said to Shrink Inner Circle as Hawks Beat Billionaires

 

LATIN AMERICA

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

BBC: How Will Cuba Get Off the State-Sponsored Terrorism List?

Reuters: Cubans Look Fondly To U.S. As Talks To Resume Relations Start

The Guardian: Headed to Cuba? MasterCard Removes Block on US-Issued Cards

 

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

Bloomberg: Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions

The National Interest: The Real U.S.-Iran Dilemma: What Happens After a Nuclear Deal?

Reuters: Israel Didn't Target Iranian General in Strike: Source

The National Interest: Why America Will Miss Saudi King Abdullah

Reuters: Russia May Send S-300 Missile System to Iran

 

INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

News articles that highlight the secret history of history.  

AP: British Code Breaker Alan Turing's Notebook Goes To Auction

The Globe and Mail (Canada): Spy Master John Starnes Helped Nurture Canada’s Cold War Intelligence System

BBC: Staging Oppenheimer's Nuclear Story

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

 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Washington Post: Ex-Spies Infiltrate Hollywood as Espionage TV Shows and Movies Multiply

US Department of Defense: Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency Reins

Popular Science: Can Intelligence Analysts Predict The Future?

Washington Post: Marine Corps Realigns Its Special Operations, Sends Elite Troops to Middle East

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