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).
Department of Homeland Security: Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: The Torture Report
International Spy Museum: Malcolm Nance, Interrogation Expert, on Waterboarding and Torture
Central Intelligence Agency: Statement from Director Brennan on the SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Minority Report
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Additional Views
Central Intelligence Agency: CIA Fact Sheet Regarding the SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program
Director of National Intelligence: DNI Message to the Intelligence Community Workforce on the Release of the SSCI Report
Lawfare: Key Study Dates
Washington Post: 20 Key Findings about CIA Interrogations
Washington Post: The 119 Detainees Held in Secret CIA Prisons
The Daily Beast: The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’
Politico: Michael Hayden Is Not Sorry
Washington Post: Hayden’s Testimony vs. the Senate Report
Washington Post: CIA Unlikely To Lose Power in Wake of Interrogation Report
Politico: President Obama’s Mixed Signals
New York Times (ACLU Op-Ed): Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured
Federation of American Scientists: CIA Torture Report: Oversight, But No Remedies Yet
The Daily Beast: CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Popular Science: Is There A Scientifically Valid Way To Interrogate People?
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
Director of National Intelligence: The Department of Justice Releases Additional Documents Concerning Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Foreign Policy: SEAL Team 6 and the High Costs of Trying to Save American Lives
The Diplomat: Iran Joins ISIS Fight
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Russia’s Latest Provocations: Business As Usual?
US Department of Defense: Russian Arms Control Violation Prompts Joint Staff Assessment
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).
Arms Control Association: U.S. NGOs Urge Prompt Action to Make Nuclear Disarmament a Global Enterprise
National Interest: P5+1 Talks Are Not (Just) about Iran
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Live Science: Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet
Stars and Stripes: Navy Authorized To Use New Laser Weapon for Self-Defense on USS Ponce
Washington Post: With Photos and Video, Navy Shows How Its New Laser Gun Works At Sea
Defense News: Amazon Commercial Cloud Tapped for GEOINT
National Defense Magazine: X-47B May Begin Automated Aerial Refueling Demonstrations Next Year
US Government Accountability Office: Unmanned Aerial Systems: Efforts Made Toward Integration into the National Airspace Continue, but Many Actions Still Required
Washington Post: Washington Start-Ups Pitch Ideas to National Security Agencies
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Joint Statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of the Attorney General on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Cyber’s Most Wanted
Huffington Post: Why Do Russia and Iran Have More Cyber Commandos Than the U.S.?
Defense Systems: Army's New Cyber Branch Looking To Recruit Talent
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
National Interest: The Sanctions Delusion
Stories from the UK and the Continent.
Popular Science: UK Investigates Airplane's Near Collision with Drone
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Talking Points Memo: Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Bungled 1985 Escape Plan
War is Boring: How to Nuke a Submarine
National Interest: 10 Big Historical Anniversaries Coming in 2015
Atomic Heritage Foundation: Voices of the Manhattan Project: Tom Forkner's Interview
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Old Maps, New Mission
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Military Times: America's Military: A Force Adrift