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.
Daily Beast: ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
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
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
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
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).
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
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
National Interest: May the Force (Not) Be with You: Missile Defense and the Legacy of SDI
Unmaking the Bomb: The Visible Atomic Bomb
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
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.
Washington Post: Chinese Hack U.S. Weather Systems, Satellite Network
Stories from the UK and the Continent.
Yahoo News: Mountain to Climb For New UK Spy Chief
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
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Al Arabiya: Iran Shows Flight of U.S. Drone Replica
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
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.
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