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). 

Fourth of July Terror Threats: Homeland Security Announces High Alert Across United States


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

Politico Magazine: Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede

Vice News: A Former CIA Official Apologizes to 'Every American' For Iraq Intelligence Failures

Defense One: Keep Calm and Spy On: Why the OPM Hack Won’t Bring Down US Intelligence

The Telegraph (UK): France Will Not Tolerate US Spying, Warns Hollande

Washington Post: ISIS Claims To Be Behind Deadly Tunisia Attack

CNN: US Data Hack May Be 4 Times Larger Than the Government Originally Said

The Diplomat: How Russia, China, and IS Have Made the US Popular Again



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

The Hill: Obama Easing US Hostage Policy

Reuters: Boston Bomber Apologizes, Admits Guilt for Deadly 2013 Attack

The Daily Beast: This Is What the Government Thinks an ISIS Fighter Looks like

Washington Post: Cairo Blast Injures Top Prosecutor, Raising Fears over Militant Reach

Defense One: Video Chat Could Put US Advisors in ISIS Fight — Virtually

The Hill: Terror Attack Hits Gas Factory in France

Washington Post: Kuwait Officials Identify Suicide Bomber as Saudi Arabian Man

Defense One: Beyond Guantanamo



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: Sorting Fact from Fiction on Russian Missile Claims

The National Interest: US Air Force Rehearses Bombing Iran's Buried Nuclear Targets

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A Culture of Security: Focus for the Next Nuclear Security Summit?

Defense One: Senate, House a World Apart When It Comes to Nukes

The Diplomat: Should the US Spend $1 Trillion on Nuclear Weapons?



Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.  

Defense One: Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center to Counter China, Russia

The Verge: The US Army is Getting Hoverbikes

The National Interest: Should 'Killer Robots' Be Banned?

Popular Scientist: Police Will Throw This Camera Ball Into Rooms

US Naval Institute: Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Huffington Post: NASA Scientist: Artificial Intelligence 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us)

Mic: These Are the 7 Ways the Government Wants to Change the Human Body for the Future

Popular Science: US Military Wants To Blow Up Landmines with Lasers



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

Reuters: US, European Authorities Investigate Possible New Leaker

Federation of American Scientists: Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly

The Intercept: How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story

Nextgov: Pentagon Moves Ahead With Plan Allowing Personnel to Access Classified Info from Mobile Devices



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

Wired: Turns out the US Launched Its Zero-Day Policy in Feb 2010

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

Defense One: Cyber War Puts Democracies on the Defensive

Reuters: Accused Turkish Mastermind of $55 Million Cyber Spree Extradited To US

War on the Rocks: No Patch for Incompetence: Our Cybersecurity Problem Has Nothing to Do with Cybersecurity

Rand: Strategies for Defending U.S. Government Networks in Cyberspace



Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

Defense One: Why Putin’s ICBM Announcement Does Not Signal a New Nuclear Arms Race

The Diplomat: Putin to Press on With Russia’s Military Modernization

Reuters: How Vladimir Putin Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Army Times: 4-Star on Russia: 'The Threat that Has My Greatest Focus'

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Coming Storm: Baltic Sea Security Report

The National Interest: Watch Out, America: Russia Sends Super Advanced S-400 to NATO's Borders

The Diplomat: Groundhog Day: ‘Russia Developing 5th Generation Sub’



The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century. 

Business Insider: Russia Is Deploying Advanced Aerial Weapon Systems to the Arctic

International Business Times: Russia MiG-31 Fighter's Arctic Navigation System Can Operate In Extreme Weather Without Satellites, Official Says

Alaska Dispatch News: Arctic Ambitions: Will US Let Russia Control Shipping in the Far North?

Phys.org: New 'Arctic-Proof' Drone to Track the Effects of Climate Change



Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.

The Hill: After Visit to Cuba, Senators 'Optimistic' On Thaw

NPR: How the Battle over Elián González Helped Change US Cuba Policy

Philadelphia Inquirer: Wanted Woman Seen As Symbol for US-Cuban Differences



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

The White House: Notice -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

Politico Magazine: The Pentagon’s Fight Over Fighting China

The National Interest: Japan Unleashed: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Reuters: The Five Most Important Issues in US-China Relations

The Diplomat: Can the UN Make a Difference in North Korea?

The National Interest: No Easy Task: The Right Way to Study China's Military



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

US Department of Defense: Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Washington Post: Theft of Saudi Documents Suggests an Iranian Hack

Council on Foreign Relations: Crisis Guide: Iran

The Diplomat: India’s Armed Drone Fleet

Washington Post: Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Aid Ship in Mediterranean



News articles that highlight the secret history of history.   

The Atlantic: That Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets

BBC: Avengers Star Patrick Macnee Dies



All the news that doesn’t fit. 

ESPN: Spy Expert Sees More 'Hack-Gates' Taking Place in The Years To Come

Foxtrot Alpha: New Area 51 Satellite Imagery Shows Massive New Hangar Almost Finished

Politico Magazine: Where in the World Is the US Military?

War on the Rocks: US Submarines: To Stealth or Not To Stealth?