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 news stories of the past week, all in one place.
US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Report on Benghazi
Politico: Republican Wall Crushes NSA Bill
Washington Post: Should The Central Intelligence Agency Be Less Centralized?
The Atlantic: America Just Launched Its 500th Drone Strike
ABC News/AP: Putin Says He Won't Be Russia's President for Life
Talking Points Memo: Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC's John F. Kennedy Airport
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
CNN: ISIS comes to Libya
Huffington Post: Foreign Policy Issues Becoming a Headache? There's an AUMF for That
Defense One: The Real Reason ISIS Takes Hostages and Beheads Them
Bloomberg Businessweek: The Banality of Islamic State
The Daily Beast: ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone
US News and World Report: The Heavy Toll of a Drone War
The Daily Beast: Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
National Interest: The Russian Army's Secret Weapon: Enter the Armata Program
Business Insider: Merkel Is Toughening Up Against Putin — And That Could Be Huge
US Department of Defense: U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine
Daily Beast: Eastern Ukraine Braces for ‘Full-Scale War’
Stars and Stripes: US Flying Over Russia to Take Photos under Open Skies Treaty
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: Nuclear War, the Black Swan We Can Never See
National Interest: The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal
Council on Foreign Relations: Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age
National Interest: Nuclear Negotiations: Applying North Korea Lessons to Iran
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: How Does Religion Really Influence Iranian Nuclear Policy?
National Interest: Celebrating the Success of Project Sapphire
The Nation: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
National Interest: Autonomous Weapon Systems: The Military's Smartest Toys?
Lawfare: The Navy’s Scary New Death Ray
Breaking Defense: 47 Seconds From Hell: A Challenge to Navy Doctrine
US Naval Institute: Document: Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
National Interest: THAAD: America's Super Shield against Ballistic Missiles?
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
The Atlantic: American Surveillance Now Threatens American Business
Federation of American Scientists: Rep. Moran Urges Presidential Pardon for John Kiriakou
ABC News/AP: Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA
Federation of American Scientists: Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says
Politico: Rand Doesn't Stand
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Politico: $3B Fed Cybersecurity Plan Stalls
Stars and Stripes: NSA Director: China Can Damage US Power Grid
IT World: The Top Infosec Issues Of 2014
Voice of America: Russia Plays Big Role in Cyber Spying, Hacking
Washington Post: VA Fails Cybersecurity Audit for 16th Consecutive Year
Stories from the UK and the Continent.
Stars and Stripes: Frenchman, Other Europeans Seen In Latest Islamic State Beheading Video
The Telegraph (UK): Two British Jihadis 'Killed Fighting For Isil in Syria'
The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world as the US makes its “pivot”.
Popular Science: The Missiles of Zhuhai: China Displays New Strike Arsenal
National Interest: Can China Fall Peacefully?
The Diplomat: China’s Deceptively Weak Anti-Satellite Capabilities
The Telegraph (UK): Kim Jong-Un In Pictures: The Bizarre Photoshoots Of North Korea's Leader
The Korea Herald: North Korea Conducts Ejection Launcher Test for Submarine Missile
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
National Interest: Did Iran Just Create a Stealth Drone from Captured American Tech?
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Washington Post: John Downey, Judge and Former POW, Dies at 84
US Marine Corps: Marine Corps Heroes: Pvt. Chester Nez
XX Committee: Lingering OKBOMB Questions
All the news that doesn’t fit.
War on the Rocks: A Game-Changing Third Offset Strategy
Real Clear Defense: A Strategy to Save U.S. Military Superiority
Army Magazine: Special Operations For the 21st Century: Starting Over
War on the Rocks: America’s Overlooked Strategic Asset: Artists