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).

First, A Shameless Plug

CNN: Double Agent Inside al Qaeda for the CIA


The most important news stories of the past week, all in one place. 

The New Yorker: Inside the Failed Raid to Save Foley and Sotloff

Stars and Stripes: Video Shows Slaying of British Aid Worker

Newsweek: Russian Soldiers Reveal the Truth Behind Putin's Secret War

The Telegraph (UK): Elite Israeli Intelligence Personnel Refuse to Fight Against Palestinians

The Guardian: ‘Any Palestinian is Exposed to Monitoring By the Israeli Big Brother’

The Telegraph (UK): Al-Qaeda India Branch’s First Attack Ends in Dismal Failure as Jihadists 'Raid Wrong Ship'

Reuters: Germany Bans Islamic State in Bid to Stop Attacks, Recruitment

Yahoo News: NSA Threatened Yahoo with Daily $250K Fines for Not Forking Over Metadata

The Hill: CIA: ISIS Has 20,000 to 31,500 Fighters

CNN: NATO: Russia Still Has 1,000 Troops in Ukraine, 20,000 More Along Border

Newsweek: Building a Better Mole Trap

USA Today: Envoy Named to Help Build Coalition Against Militants



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

Washington Post: What the World Thinks of Obama’s Plan to Fight the Islamic State

Newsweek: ISIS's Enemy List: 10 Reasons the Islamic State Is Doomed

Politico Magazine: To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money

New York Times: Struggling to Starve ISIS of Oil Revenue, U.S. Seeks Assistance From Turkey

Washington Post (Op-Ed): The Islamic State Threat is Overstated

Washington Post: ‘ISIS’ vs. ‘ISIL’ vs. ‘Islamic State’: The Political Importance of a Much-Debated Acronym

Newsweek: Saudis Tip-Toe Into the War on ISIS

Army Times: Petraeus: Obama Iraq Plan a Good Starting Point

Washington Post: What U.S. Airstrikes Look Like in Iraq, Mapped by Region

Yahoo News/AP: US Weighs Security Needs at Overseas Embassies

Nuestra Tele Noticias: FBI to Assist Chile in Santiago Bomb Attack Investigation

Think Progress: 5 Questions About The War Against ISIS That No One Should Be Embarrassed To Ask

McClatchy: Blast in Northern Syria Kills Most Leaders of Largest Islamist Rebel Group

Naharnet: German 'Jihadist' Goes on Trial for Islamic State Ties


The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal. The NSA and Snowden stories would naturally fit here too, but they have their own category.   

Daily Mail (UK): Islamic State Jihadists Planning Encryption-Protected 'Cyber Caliphate' So They Can Carry Out Hacking Attacks on West

Mashable: The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State

Nextgov: Here’s Why You Don’t Want Your 3-d Printer to Get Hacked

Homeland Security News Wire: Virtually Every Agency of the U.S. Government Has Been Hacked

Defense One: NATO Must Boost Its Cyber Defense Capabilities Now


Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance. 

Reuters: NATO Countries Have Begun Arms Deliveries to Ukraine

US Department of Commerce: Commerce Dept. Expands Export Restrictions Aimed at Russia’s Defense Sector

The Hill: Treasury Imposes New Sanctions on Russia

Reuters: Moscow Stifles Dissent as Soldiers Return in Coffins

World Affairs Journal: Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy

Defence Talk: Russia to Boost Nuclear, Space Defense Forces Against US

Atlantic Council: NATO’s Summit: Transformation for the Future, ‘Serious Failure’ in the Moment

Popular Science: Flight MH-17 Investigation Points to an Attack



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: Bringing Law to the Sea: Safeguarding the Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle

National Interest: If America Could Rebuild Its Nuclear-Weapons Force from Scratch...



Anything new in spy and defense technology.

Roll Call: Armored Vehicles That Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge

Haaretz: Israel Tests Arrow 2 Anti-Missile Defense System

Daily Beast: Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?


Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency. 

The Guardian: Feinstein: CIA Torture Report Will Be Delayed as Democrats Decide Redactions

McClatchy: New Sparks Fly Between CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee



The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world as the US makes its “pivot”. 

The Diplomat: Philippines Wages 'Mapfare' Against China

The Diplomat: China's Military Creates New Space Force

Intelnews.org: South Korean Court Convicts Ex-Spy Director of Interfering in Elections



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

Foreign Policy: The Mouse That Roars

Yahoo News/AP: Iraqi Parliament Approves Partial New Cabinet

The Guardian: Taliban Sneak Back into Kandahar, Dressed as Grape Farmers

Small Wars Journal: The Mosul Dam: The Nexus of Energy, Water and Agriculture



News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

National Security Archive: The Able Archer 83 Onsite Collection Now Available to Researchers

National Security Archive: Israel Crosses the Threshold II: The Nixon Administration Debates the Emergence of the Israeli Nuclear Program

Central Intelligence Agency: CIA Reflects on the Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

The New Yorker: The Twenty-Eight Pages

Washington Post: Meet the Muslims Who Sacrificed Themselves to Save Jews and Fight Nazis in World War II

The Guardian: Japan: Hirohito Warned Attack on Pearl Harbor Would Be 'Self-Destructive'



All the news that doesn’t fit. 

National Interest: A Scary Thought: A Global Thirty Years War

Seapower Magazine: Security Expert Questions Accuracy of Military’s Readiness Metrics

US Naval Institute: Repeating Three Strategic Mistakes?