Weekly Intel Update

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news and get ready for the week ahead! *(week ending November 16)

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. 

Buzzfeed: Exclusive: Top NSA Surveillance Official Is a Multi-Millionaire

The White House: Request for $5.6 Billion in Additional Funding For FY2015 to Fight ISIS

Daily Beast: ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels

Navy Times: Senior Intel Officer Removed After Controversial Comments on China

USA Today: State Department Shuts Down E-Mail System in Wake of Attack

Popular Science: U.S. And China Agree To Ambitious New Carbon Emissions Goals

Washington Post: The Pentagon Wants an Airborne Aircraft Carrier to Launch Drones

Daily Beast: A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage

The Verge: Obama Says FCC Should Reclassify Internet as a Utility

War is Boring: Secret American Commandos Hid Out in Cold War Berlin

New York Times: U.S. to Revise Bush Policy on Treatment of Prisoners

The Hill: Pentagon: Funding Cuts Damaging Readiness



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

Daily Beast: ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies

Radio Free Europe: 'I Want To Wage Jihad But I Don't Have a Thing to Wear' -- Western IS Wannabes Ask Burning Questions

The Hill: Reasons for a New Counterterrorism Framework

Reuters: Novel Suit to Determine If Soldiers Can Sue Over Wartime Terrorism

Daily Beast: Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan



Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.  

The Guardian: Russia Today Threatened With Ofcom Sanctions Due To Bias

 The Independent (UK): 'Highly Disturbing' Russian Military Strategy Causing Dangerous Military Encounters 

Sydney Morning Herald: Russia Rejects Tony Abbott's Call for Apology and Compensation for MH17 

Radio Free Europe: Russia Abstains On Extending Bosnian Force 

Time: Russia to Create Its Own ‘Alternative Wikipedia 

Reuters: German Economy Minister Rejects Tougher Sanctions on Russia



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). 

LA Times: As U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Ages, Other Nations Have Modernized

Voice of America: US Defense Secretary Announces New Innovation Initiative

National Interest: Why Is the IAEA Getting Iran Wrong?

Mother Jones: Death Wears Bunny Slippers

The Diplomat: The Nuclear Implications of Iran-Pakistan Tensions

Business Insider: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal Might Be Smaller and More Strategic Than Everyone Thinks

Yahoo News: Five Nuclear Engineers Murdered Near Damascus

Bloomberg Businessweek: Fukushima Radiation Found in Pacific off California’s Coast

The Telegraph (UK): Paranoid US Millionaires Can Buy Survival Condos to Survive Nuclear War in Style

LA Times: Aging Nuclear Arsenal Grows Ever More Costly

National Interest: May the Force (Not) Be with You: Missile Defense and the Legacy of SDI

Unmaking the Bomb: The Visible Atomic Bomb



Anything new in spy and defense science and technology. 

Defense One: The Cyborg Medicine of Tomorrow Is Inside the Veteran of Today



Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.

The Intercept: Senator Who Put Pentagon Papers into Public Record Urges Udall to Do Same with Torture Report

Al Arabiya: Russell Brand, Celebrities Declare Support for Edward Snowden

USA Today: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden

War on the Rocks: GOP? The NSA May Actually Be the Biggest Winner in the Election


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

AP: US Fights Cybercrime from Suburban Office Parks

The Verge: Chinese Government Hackers Suspected of Hacking the US Postal Service

Washington Post: Chinese Hack U.S. Weather Systems, Satellite Network

AP: Notorious Hacktivist Shares Methods, Motives

AP: US Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks



Stories from the UK and the Continent. 

Yahoo News: Mountain to Climb For New UK Spy Chief

Slate: Why Germans Want to Change the Subject

National Interest: A Grave Threat to the NATO Alliance (And It's Not Russia's Military)



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

Defense News: China Plans to Export J-31 Stealth Fighter

War is Boring: China’s Stealth Fighter Could Get a Lot Better

Popular Science: China's New Military Robots Pack More Robots Inside

The Diplomat: A New Model for China-US Relations?

Popular Science: China Shows Off Its Growing Drone Fleet

Jamestown Foundation: China’s Espionage Against Taiwan (Part I): Analysis of Recent Operations

Business Insider: Japan's Declining Population Could Prevent It from Being a Military Counterweight to China



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

Newsweek: Inside the CIA's Syrian Rebels Vetting Machine

AP: Iran Says It Has Responded To Obama's Letters

Al Arabiya: Iran Shows Flight of U.S. Drone Replica


News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

BBC: Georgi Markov: Bulgaria Inaugurates Statue to Dissident

Washington Post: When Reagan Apologized to Thatcher for a U.S. Invasion

New York Times Magazine: What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals

Oneida Daily Dispatch (NY): New WWII Book Details Story of ‘First SEALS’

Folger Shakespeare Library: Decoding the Renaissance: 500 Years of Codes and Ciphers



All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Reuters: U.S. Military Readiness for War, Competitive Edge Worsening

War on the Rocks: American Power and the Culmination of Unconventional Warfare

Breaking Defense: McCain & McCaskill At SASC: A McNightmare Scenario For Pentagon?

Defense News: USAF Discussing A-10 Compromise with Congress

Daily Beast: War Is Hell and Such Good Fun