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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 August 23)

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. 

AP: White House: No. 2 ISIS Leader Killed in US Military Airstrike

Vice News: North Korea Has Declared a 'Semi-State of War' With South Korea

The Hill: US Forces on 'Enhanced' Alert in South Korea

The Hill: Germany Charges Agent Who Spied For US with Treason

Defense One: Russia and China Have a Cyber Nonaggression Pact

Popular Science: Lockheed Skunkworks Eyes a New U-2

Business Insider: The Firm That Vetted Edward Snowden Has Reached a $30 Million Settlement with the US

Vice News: Hamas Says it Captured an Israeli Spy Dolphin

Defense One: Russia’s Troll Army Is Making Life Harder for US Spies
 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

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

Huffington Post: Obama's Secret Elite Interrogation Squad May Not Be So Elite -- And Might Be Doomed

The Guardian: ISIS Lost More Than 7,000 Fighters in Past Year, Says Australian Defense Chief

The Hill: Boston Marathon Bomber Wants New Trial

BuzzFeed: Here’s What Actually Gets Terrorists to Tell the Truth — And It’s Not Torture

Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Governing the Caliphate: The Islamic State Picture

Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Al-Muhajiroun’s European Recruiting Pipeline

Combatting Terrorism Center (at West Point): Islamic State Affiliates Press Hamas
 

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: Questioning the Case for New Nuclear Weapons

The Hill: Pentagon: Early Tests Show ISIS May Have Used Chemical Weapons

First Draft: Piecing Together Open Source Evidence from the Syrian Sarin Attacks
 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.  

Boston Globe: Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Takes a Hike in the Woods

Business Insider: Boeing Has Patented a Flying Drone That Turns Into a Submarine

The National Interest: Coming to a War Near You: Hypersonic Weapons

Bloomberg: US Navy Seeks Better Sub-Hunting Technology to Counter Putin

War is Boring: Meet the US Air Force’s Commando Test Plane

Popular Science: IBM Chips Could Make Your Smartphone Think Like a Mouse

The National Interest: Could Underwater Drones Replace Today's Lethal Submarines?
 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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

Bloomberg: Snowden's Window for a Plea Deal Is Closing

Defense One: The Intel Community Needs a Better Media Strategy

Vice News: NSA Finds New Snowden Emails — But They're Not About His 'Concerns' With Surveillance

USA Today: Police Secretly Track Cellphones to Solve Routine Crimes

Huffington Post: Heroism Defeats Torture at the American Psychological Association

The Verge: What Government Secrets Look Like

The Guardian: 'Warrant Canaries': A Subtle Hint That Your Email Provider Is Compromised

Washington Post: Everything You Need To Know About How the State Department Classifies Information
 

CYBER

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

Wired: Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

Washington Post: Manipulation of Feds’ Personal Data Is a Major Danger in OPM Cyber-Heist

Forbes: Five Reasons the US Power Grid Is Overdue For a Cyber Catastrophe

Defense One: The Pentagon Wants to Wage War on Denial-of-Service Cyber Attacks

National Security Agency: Cryptology, Whack-A-Mole, & Time Travel: NSA's Research Director on Securing Cyberspace

Daily Beast: Chinese Hackers Target US University with Government Ties

The Hill: JPMorgan Hires Former Army Chief Of Staff as Part of Cyber Push
 

RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

Reuters: Ukraine Shifts Closer To Open War with Recent Attacks

AP: Russia Gives Estonian Security Officer 15 Years in Prison

Daily Beast: Russia’s Playing a Double Game with Islamic Terror

War is Boring: Watch Out — Russia's Propeller-Driven 'Bear' Bomber Still Has Claws

The National Interest: Get Ready, NATO: Russia Plans to Build Nuclear-Powered Battlecruisers

Daily Beast: How Russia Hides Its Dead Soldiers Killed in Ukraine
  

THE ARTIC

The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century. 

National Defense Magazine: Official: Other Countries Are Questioning US Commitment to the Arctic

Business Insider: Pentagon Report: Russia Is Deploying New, Specially Modified Air-Defense Systems to the Arctic

  

LATIN AMERICA

Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries. 

The Intercept: Inside the Spyware Campaign Against Argentine Troublemakers

Wired: Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

The National Interest: Why US Leaders Don't Need to Fear Latin American 'Soft Balancers'

Vice News: Peru Just Allowed Its Military to Shoot Down Planes Suspected of Drug Trafficking

 

CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC

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

Daily Beast: The Secretive Beach Retreat Where China Leaders Plot World Domination

The National Interest: China Tests Its Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon of All Time

The Hill: China Arrests 15,000 for 'Internet Security' Crimes

Defense News: Chinese Radar Strongly Resembles Israeli Product

Washington Post: The World Can’t Ignore North Korea’s Nuclear Progression

The National Interest: North Korea's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War

 

MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA 

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

The Hill: Iran: US Too 'Illogical' for Embassy Return

Defense One: What Iran Deal Critics Don’t Understand About Iran

CNN: Syrian Rebels: This Is What Almost $1m of US Training Looks Like

Defense News: IDF Document Makes No Mention of Iranian Nuke Threat

Defense One: This Could Be the Change Iraq Has Been Waiting For

Daily Beast: Iraq’s Most Fearsome Shia Militia Leader Speaks Out

 

INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

News articles that highlight the secret history of history.  

The National Interest: The Interview: Henry Kissinger

War is Boring: The Man Who Wanted to Nuke a Hurricane

War on the Rocks: Did Vodka Dull the Sword of Damocles?

The National Interest: Worst Idea Ever: Dropping Nuclear Bombs During the Vietnam War

The Conversation: How Moscow’s Man in Westminster Charmed Churchill out Of Britain’s Wartime Secrets

War on the Rocks: What a Letter from Clausewitz Tells Us about the Prussian Master and His World

The National Interest: America’s Cold War Nuclear Satellite-Killer

War is Boring: Remember When Australia Pretend-Nuked a Rainforest?

The National Interest: The Soviet Union's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War
 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Air Force Times: Air Force Warns Deployed Airmen: 'Loose Tweets Destroy Fleets'

The Nation: A Major Defense Contractor Buys Its Way Back Into the Spying Business

Defense One: Predator Drone Maker General Atomics Flying Spy Missions For the Pentagon

War is Boring: The Air Force Is Retiring the Predator–So Why Doesn’t the Army Take It?