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.
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow.
The Hill: Landmark Internet Rules Approved
The Daily Beast: Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community
Washington Post: CIA Looks to Expand Its Cyber Espionage Capabilities
The Clarion Project: Islamic State Destroys Ancient Artifacts and Burns 8,000 Books
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The Atlantic: What ISIS Really Wants
Center for Strategic and International Studies: Can We Learn Anything from Terrorist Propaganda Videos?
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).
War is Boring: America Readies Its New ‘Smart’ Nuke
Politico: Let’s Make the Deal with Iran
Washington Post: A Compelling Argument on Iran
Union of Concerned Scientists: Obama’s Nuclear Legacy #4: Give Nuclear Weapons a Sole Purpose
Arms Control Wonk: Discriminate Deterrence
Arms Control Wonk: Nuclear Postures
Daily Star (Lebanon): North Korea Could Have 100 Nuclear Weapons by 2020: US Researchers
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Federal Times: CIA to Launch Private App Store Next Month
Defense News: India, Israel to Build Missile Defense System
Popular Science: Weapons for Future Wars on Sale at Abu Dhabi Arms Show
Defense One: The World Needs New Rules for Armed Drones
Popular Science: Your Guide To The 3-D Printed Universe
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
US News and World Report: NSA Chief Mute on Spyware, Critical on Snowden
Slate: The Snowdenites Are Winning
The Daily Beast: Army Spied on Hero over Amazon Review
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
The Daily Beast: Top Spy: Small Hacks Are Bigger Threat Than ‘Cyber Armageddon’
US Department of State: $3 Million Reward for Information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev
Huffington Post: Anthem Hack Could Have Hit At Least 8.8 Million Non-Customers
Defense One: How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web
Department of Homeland Security: Protect Myself from Cyber Attacks
Slate: Encryption 101
Huffington Post: We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Washington Post: US Military Vehicles Paraded 300 Yards from the Russian Border
Defense News: US, Russian Troops Show off Hardware Just Miles Apart
Deutsche Welle: German Tank Battalion to Be Activated Amid Russia Crisis
Brookings: How to Contain Russia without a New Cold War
The National Interest: This Is What Putin Really Wants
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
Cuba Confidential: US Hopes to Reopen Cuba Embassy Ahead of Americas Summit
The National Interest: Venezuela's President Is Out of Control
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
Business Insider: China Has a Growing Terrorism Problem and No One Is Talking About It
Stars and Stripes: Fearing Ebola, North Korea Bars Foreigners from Pyongyang Marathon
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
The National Interest: 4 Iranian Threats That Terrorize Saudi Arabia
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Business Insider: This Letter from George Washington Marks the Birth of American Espionage
National Cryptologic Museum Foundation: "Code Breakers: The Invisible Cryptologists" - An NBC4 Series
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The Weight of a Butterfly
The Point: The Soviet Science System
San Jose Mercury News: Ralph Nobles Dies; Manhattan Project Physicist Saved San Francisco Bay Wetlands
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Defense One: What Is the Future of War?