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.
The New Yorker: The Men Who Killed James Foley
War is Boring: Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight ISIS
International Business Times: US Gives Intelligence to Assad to Target ISIS Leaders
Politico: The Truth About Executive Order 12333
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
Daily Beast: Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It’s Personal
CNN (Opinion): The Only Way to Defeat ISIS
New York Times (Op-Ed): The Problem With ‘Evil’
The XX Committee: Vienna Calling: How Austria Became a Hub of Global Jihad
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.
Fox 2 (St. Louis): FBI Opens Investigation into Cyber Attacks Against Ferguson Law Enforcement
Information Week: 70 Percent of World’s Critical Utilities Breached
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: Scottish Independence Could Leave UK Nuclear Weapons Homeless
Reuters Canada: Iran Denies Report Linking Iraq Cooperation to Nuclear Talks
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Radiation Detection in the Palm of Your Hand
Project on Nuclear Issues: Nuclear Policy News (This is a daily update for those interested, BTW)
Anything new in spy and defense technology.
Breaking Defense: Non-Standard: Navy SM-6 Kills Cruise Missiles Deep Inland
War is Boring: New Backpack Robot Can Clear Minefields
Real Clear Defense: SEALs Are Getting New Mini-Subs
Stars and Stripes: Navy Drone Flies Alongside Fighter Jets
National Defense Magazine: Top Secret Air Force Bomber Program Moves Forward
Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: New Declassified Documents about the NSA Metadata Program
The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world.
Stars and Stripes: Amid US Plans for Continued Asia Presence, a Shrinking Submarine Fleet
The Diplomat: China’s New Age of Military Diplomacy
Business Insider: Japan Just Held A First-Of-Its-Kind Live Fire Exercise On Mount Fuji (Amazing Photos)
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Al Jazeera: Iran Says it Shot Down Israeli Drone
Al Jazeera: Egyptian Court Convicts Israeli for Spying
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
Military.com: USS Liberty Hero Dies
All the news that doesn’t fit.
Central Intelligence Agency: Spotlight on CIA’s Centers