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.
Defense One: Obama, Putin Will Meet About Syria
The White House: FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States
New York Times: Military Analyst Again Raises Red Flags on Progress in Iraq
Defense News: Chinese Jets in 'Unsafe' Intercept of US Spy Plane
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
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
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
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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
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
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
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.
Reuters: US to China: Quit Cyber Spying
Center for Strategic and International Studies: Measuring Cybersecurity Success at the Summit
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
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
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.
Alaska Dispatch News: US, Russia Must Keep Talking, Cooperating In Arctic
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
US Department of State: Change in Action: Cuba, How a Nation Comes Online
The National Interest: Venezuela's Elections: Why America Should Support the Opposition
The Daily Beast: Pope Francis, Cuba, and the Yanqui Capitalist Curse
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
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
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
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.
The National Interest: The Ultimate Weapon of War: Nuclear Land Mines?
War on the Rocks: History Restarted: The Return of the Machiavellian Moment
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Overt Action: How the CIA Profiles World Leaders
The National Interest: The US Army Plans for the War of the Future: Russia, Nukes and More