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: In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis
Al Jazeera: Blackwater Guards Convicted In Iraq Killings
Washington Post: Panetta Clashed With CIA Over Memoir, Tested Agency Review Process
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
The Telegraph (UK): Senior Al-Qaeda Jihadist Speaks Out In Defense of Peter Kassig
The Atlantic: Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS
Center for Strategic & International Studies: Where Is Latin America in the Fight against ISIL?
War on the Rocks: How About Some Unconventional Warfare? Thoughts on Countering ISIL
Radio Free Europe: Iranian, Arab Media: 'Russia-Iran Anti-IS Operations Room' In Iraq
Al Arabiya: Britain to Fly Spy Drones over Syria
The Daily Star (Lebanon): Islamist Head Says 'Tunisia Model' Way To Defeat ISIS
The Hill: ISIS Rakes In Donations on Twitter
Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Imploding U.S Strategy in the Islamic State War?
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).
US Department of State: Remarks at a Symposium on P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations
National Interest: Stopping a Nuclear Nightmare: How We Can Secure Loose Nuclear Materials
Ploughshares Fund: Broken budgets? Make a withdrawal from the Nuclear ATM
The Hill: Could US Handle Biologic Attack?
Military Times: Isolation Pods Will Carry Troops If They Get Ebola
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
University of Birmingham: The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK
War on the Rocks: To Save Money, Go Unmanned
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
Foreign Policy: Why Was the NSA Chief Playing the Market?
National Interest: Torturing the Rule of Law
War on the Rocks: A Note From An Intelligence Insider: Speaking Truth to Power
The Hill: Anti-Surveillance Tech Coalition Grows
US News and World Report: Sen. Ron Wyden Says CIA Is Trying To Obscure Key Facts by Leaving Out Aliases
The Register (UK): Edward Who? GCHQ Boss Dodges Snowden Topic during Last Speech
Stars and Stripes: 3 Navy Ofﬁcials Testify That They Didn't Approve $1.6 Million for Silencers
Washington Post: Why Are Democracies Disappointing Glenn Greenwald?
CBS This Morning: The People and Principles Behind @CIA
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
Real Clear Defense: It's Time to Wake Up: Chinese Hacking Is Eroding U.S. Military Superiority
South China Morning Post: 11 Arrested Over Cyberattacks on 70 Chinese Government Websites
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Radio Free Europe: Former Polish FM Says Putin Offered To Divide Ukraine with Poland
The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world as the US makes its “pivot”.
The Diplomat: Al-Qaeda Declares War on China, Too
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
XX Committee: Iran’s Secret New Balkan Spy-Terror Offensive
Radio Free Europe: Iran Arrests 'Spies' Near Bushehr Nuclear Plant
Stars and Stripes: US Officials See Signs of New Life in Iraqi Army
Washington Post: For Iraq’s Sunnis, Sectarian Militias Pose an Extra Threat
War on the Rocks: How We Lost Touch with Our Friends in Iraq
National Interest: The Long Shadow of the Iran-Iraq War
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Central Intelligence Agency: The Capture and Execution of Colonel Penkovsky, 1963
National Security Archive: Intelligence Center Tracks Missile Launches Worldwide 24/7
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Peter Kuran: Bringing Hollywood to History
National Geographic: "Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s
Charleston Gazette (WV): Real ‘Inglorious Bastard’ To Be Honored For Heroics
National Interest: The Case for Cornwallis
Washington Post: Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor, Dies at 93
All the news that doesn’t fit.
National Security Agency: Five Cryptologists Added to NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor
The Telegraph (UK): Britain's Spies Are 'Exact Opposite' Of James Bond, Foreign Secretary Says
New Zealand Herald: Kiwis Pay $103m 'Membership Fee' For Spying
Council on Foreign Relations: Counter-Unconventional Warfare Is the Way of the Future. How Can We Get There?
Huffington Post: The Value of Energy to Our Warfighters