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).


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

New York Times: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Wired: WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results

Time: Sweden’s Military Scours for Possible Russian Submarine in Its Waters

Reuters: Man Accused of Spying Worked on Strategic Polish Gas Project

Reuters: Iran's President Says Nuclear Deal with West 'Certain'

CNN: What Lures Americans to Syria Fight

Washington Post: Climate Change Threatens National Security, Pentagon Says

The Telegraph (UK): ISIS Jihadists May Have Access to Chemicals for Dirty Bombs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The Very Small Islamic State WMD Threat

New Zealand Herald: Theories Fly about US Space Drone

Reuters: NSA Reviewing Deal between Official, Ex-Spy Agency Head

Yahoo/Reuters: ISIS Has an Air Force Now?

Washington Post: Denmark Tries a Soft-Handed Approach to Returned Islamist Fighters

Reuters: Ex-Yugoslav Spy Chiefs on Trial for Dissident Murder in Germany

Newsweek: Panetta Sparks Debate Over U.S. Nuclear Strike on North Korea



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

The Hill: US Offers $45M Reward to Find Al Qaeda Leaders

Buzzfeed: U.S. Officials Are Complaining That They Don’t Have Enough Intelligence on ISIS

Reuters: Zacarias Moussaoui Wants To Testify On Al Qaeda Terror Financing

National Post (Canada): How Canada’s Financial Intelligence Agency Helps Police and Spies Stop Money Flowing to ISIS Terrorists

US Department of Defense: Anti-ISIL Strategy Working, Needs Patience, Austin Says

BBC: UK to Deploy Armed Drones against Islamic State in Iraq

National Post (Canada): CSIS Getting More Powers to Track Suspected Terrorists

Reuters: Nigeria Says Reaches Deal With Boko Haram to Free Abducted Girls

The White House: FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts to Assist the Nigerian Government in its Fight against Boko Haram

Yahoo: Pakistan Clerics Condemn IS Group

Daily Beast: Turkey OK’s American Drones to Fight ISIS

Al Jazeera: Tony Blair 'May Have Been Terrorism Target'

Reuters: Al Qaeda and Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

ABC News: 2 Haqqani Leaders Arrested by Afghan Intelligence

Politico Magazine: Is America's Military Too Small for Obama's New War on Terror?

The Nation: How One Man Refused to Spy on Fellow Muslims for the FBI—and Then Lost Everything



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). 

Defense One: This Is a Pivotal Moment for the US Nuclear Arsenal

AP: Iran Looks At Compromise Nuke Offer

The Diplomat: Could China’s Nuclear Strategy Evolve?

Radio Free Europe: Iran's President Says Nuclear Deal Possible Before Deadline

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Does it Matter if Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons at Parchin?

National Interest: Time for American Land-Based Missile Forces to Counter China?

Federation of American Scientists: W80-1 Warhead Selected For New Nuclear Cruise Missile

Wired: The Ruins of the USSR’s Secret Nuclear Cities

CNN: U.S. Troops Assisting in Ebola Mission May Be Quarantined

Slate: Everything That Went Wrong in Dallas

Washington Post: Meet the CDC’s Swat Team

Daily Beast: Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola



Anything new in spy and defense science and technology. 

Business Insider: Scientists Are Bashing Lockheed Martin's Nuclear Fusion 'Breakthrough'

Intercepts: The Difference Between 4th and 5th Gen Electronic Warfare

Washington Post: This New Suit for Soldiers Recharges Batteries with No Wires

Defense One: This Could Be the Future of Battlefield Robotics

Network World: How Do I Know You’re Lying? My “Star Wars” Algorithm Told Me

IARPA: Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-Solving (SHARP)

CNN: Radar Delivery Boosts US' Ballistic Missile Protection

Stars and Stripes: Training For Electronic Warfare? Navy Plan Not Flying In Washington State

Washington Post: Special Operations Unit on Verge of Fielding Most Advanced Chinook Helicopter Ever

Air Force Times: Race Against Time: More People, Money Needed To Keep Aging Fleets Flying

Popular Science: Nicole Abaid Studies Bats to Make Drones Smarter

War is Boring: Just How Many Predator Drones Does the CIA Have?



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

CBS News (Tampa Bay): Florida Supreme Court Limits Cell Phone Tracking By Police

The Guardian (Opinion): James Risen Is Not Going To Let the US Fear-Mongering Machine Win in Secret

AP: Voiceprints Being Harvested By the Millions

ACLU: On the Creation of Giant Voiceprint Databases

Boston Globe: Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change

Politico: Jill Abramson Regrets Stance on James Risen Iran Story

Washington Post: Probe of Silencers Leads to Web of Pentagon Secrets

Pro Publica: Private Donors Supply Spy Gear to Cops

ZD Net: NSA 'Core Secrets' Leak Points to Spies Working Within Companies

The Atlantic: A Portrait of the Whistleblower as a Young Man

USA Today: Government Snooping Proves Weak Campaign Issue

The Guardian: Revealed: How Whisper App Tracks ‘Anonymous’ Users

The Guardian: UK Intelligence Agencies Need Stronger Oversight, Says David Blunkett



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

Reuters: North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire at Border in Latest Clash

NK News: Defector Sentenced to Three Years for Espionage

Daily Beast: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

The Atlantic: China’s Dangerous Game

War is Boring: China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

Jane’s: New Pictures of J-10B Revealed

The Diplomat: Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested

Defense News: North Korean Leader Reappears in Public - With Cane



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

New York Times: C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

War is Boring: We Got Our Hands on NATO’s New Plan for Afghanistan

Atlantic Council: Washington Wants NATO Allies to Help Retrain the Iraqi Military

Defense One: US Red Tape Threatens Drone Sales in the Middle East



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

The Hill: 9/11 Commission Warns: ‘Pattern Seems To Be Repeating Itself’

Atlantic Council: Russia's Nuclear Missile Forces Create Cybersecurity Units

The Hill: Clapper Worries about Cyber Threat from Russia

Wired: Russian ‘Sandworm’ Hack Has Been Spying on Foreign Governments for Years

US Air Force: Airmen Train for ‘New Wild, Wild West’ in Cyber Domain

Breaking Defense: Army Electronic Warfare ‘Is a Weapon’ – But Cyber Is Sexier

Computer World: Once the FBI Has a Backdoor Into Your Smartphone, Everyone Does



Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance. 

Reuters: Germany Blames Pro-Russian Rebels for MH17 Passenger Plane Crash

XX Committee: Poland — and NATO’s — New Espionage Scandal

Washington Post: Lessons of Russian History Must Not Be Silenced

Daily Beast: Putin to U.S.: Stop the Blackmail

The Local (Sweden): Swedish Military Alert Over 'Foreign Subs' Off Stockholm


News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

New York Times: David Greenglass, the Brother Who Doomed Ethel Rosenberg, Dies at 92

National Security Archive: China's First Nuclear Test 1964 -- 50th Anniversary

IntelNews: Hitler Was Regular Crystal Meth User, Intelligence Files Show

National Interest: The Good, the Bad and the Messy: The Legacy of the First Gulf War

The Atlantic: Understanding Stalin



All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Defense News: 1st Armored Division Plans Wide-Ranging Exercise to Meet Uncertain World

Forbes: Five Reasons America's Army Won't Be Ready for the Next War

The Latvian Army: Hundreds of Amazing Photos of the 1st Cavalry Division in Latvia