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.
Al Jazeera: US Forces Target al-Shabab in Somalia
Brookings: 5 Myths about the Islamic State
Washington Post: Obama’s Policy Options on the Islamic State, and Who’s Pushing Them
Washington Post: Here’s How to Track Terrorists on Google Earth
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The Telegraph (UK): Arrests of Would-Be British Jihadis Increase Five Fold
King’s College London: Offering Foreign Fighters a Way Out
Christian Science Monitor: Why Was One US Hostage in Syria Killed, and Another Freed?
Foreign Policy: Found: The Islamic State’s Terror Laptop of Doom
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.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Cyberwarfare Ethics, or How Facebook Could Accidentally Makes Its Engineers into Targets
Department of Defense: The NSA’s School of Cyber
Computer Weekly: Industrial Cyber Attack: A Dangerous Game
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
CNN: Putin: You Better Not Come After a Nuclear-Armed Russia
War is Boring: The US Army is Sending More Tanks to Europe
The Telegraph (UK): Russian Paratroopers Captured in Ukraine ‘Accidentally Crossed Border’
Talking Points Memo: Canadian NATO Delegation to Russia: Here’s What’s ‘Not Russia’
XX Committee: The Russo-Ukrainian War
War is Boring: ‘Maskirovka’ Is Russian Secret War
National Interest: Limited War is Back
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).
Albuquerque Journal: Former Los Alamos Physicist’s Wife Sentenced for Trying to Sell Secrets to Venezuela
Anything new in spy and defense technology.
National Defense Magazine: US, China in Race to Develop Hypersonic Weapons
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: 2013 Report on Hypersonic Weapons
Real Clear Defense: The Pentagon’s New Space Shuttle Drone
Defense Systems: NGA’s Map to Put a World of Geospatial Intel in One Place
Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency.
The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world.
The Diplomat: The US Will Defend Japan; The Question is How?
China Daily: Chinese Lawmakers Move to Tackle Espionage Threat
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Brookings: ISIS and the New Middle East Cold War
The Daily Beast: US and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other
The Guardian: Yadizis Still Stranded on Mount Sinjar
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
The Telegraph (UK): America’s Secret Plan to Stop Invasion of Alaska Revealed
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Space News: A Legacy of Leading Change at NGA
Department of Defense: Votel Takes Charge of Special Operations Command