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
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
The Telegraph (UK): Elite Israeli Intelligence Personnel Refuse to Fight Against Palestinians
The Hill: CIA: ISIS Has 20,000 to 31,500 Fighters
Newsweek: Building a Better Mole Trap
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
Politico Magazine: To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money
Washington Post (Op-Ed): The Islamic State Threat is Overstated
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
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.
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.
US Department of Commerce: Commerce Dept. Expands Export Restrictions Aimed at Russia’s Defense Sector
The Hill: Treasury Imposes New Sanctions on Russia
World Affairs Journal: Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy
Defence Talk: Russia to Boost Nuclear, Space Defense Forces Against US
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.
Daily Beast: Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?
Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency.
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
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
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
Central Intelligence Agency: CIA Reflects on the Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001
The New Yorker: The Twenty-Eight Pages
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?