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).

TOP NEWS

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

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

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

 

RUSSIA

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

 

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). 

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

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Anything new in spy and defense science and technology. 

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

 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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


CYBER

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

 

EUROPE

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)

 

CHINA/ASIA

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

 

MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA

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



INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

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

 

GENERAL INTEL

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