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).

TOP NEWS

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

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

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

 

NUKES

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

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

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?

 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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

 

CHINA/ASIA

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

 

MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA 

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

 

CYBER

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

 

RUSSIA

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


INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

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

 

GENERAL INTEL

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