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. 

The New Yorker: The Men Who Killed James Foley

Washington Post: U.S. Staged Secret Operation into Syria in Failed Bid to Rescue Americans

Reuters: Pentagon: Islamic State Threat ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

War is Boring: Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight ISIS

The Aviationist: Chinese Su-27 Jet Threatened U.S. Surveillance Aircraft with a Barrel Roll Stunt over the Top of It

International Business Times: US Gives Intelligence to Assad to Target ISIS Leaders

Politico: The Truth About Executive Order 12333

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM 

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

Business Insider: Elite Helicopter Unit with the World’s Best Pilots Took Part in the Effort to Rescue James Foley

Daily Beast: Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It’s Personal

Daily Mail (UK): SAS in High-Tech Hunt for Jihadi John: 'Significant Force' of Elite UK Troops on the Ground as MI5 Identifies James Foley's Sickening Killer

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

 

CYBER

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. 

Wired: How to Save the Net: A CDC For Cybercrime

Fox 2 (St. Louis): FBI Opens Investigation into Cyber Attacks Against Ferguson Law Enforcement

The Verge: Cyber Attack Reveals Data on at Least 25,000 Workers at the US Department of Homeland Security

Information Week: 70 Percent of World’s Critical Utilities Breached

Washington Post: Secret Service Estimates Type of Malware that Led to Target Breach is Affecting over 1,000 U.S. Businesses

Wired: This Android Shield Could Encrypt Apps So Invisibly You Forget It’s There

 

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).

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Scottish Independence Could Leave UK Nuclear Weapons Homeless

Defense One: Top Six Strategic Threats to Worry About in Today’s Global Headlines

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)

 

TECHNOLOGY

Anything new in spy and defense technology.

Breaking Defense: Non-Standard: Navy SM-6 Kills Cruise Missiles Deep Inland

Reuters: Northrop Grumman Sees European Interest in Hawk Surveillance Drone

Business Week: This Stealth Attack Boat May Be Too Innovative for the Pentagon

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

Wired: This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab

 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency. 

National Security Archive: The CIA Misapplies FOIA Exemptions to Continue its Covert Attack on Mandatory Declassification Review. And Why it Matters

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: New Declassified Documents about the NSA Metadata Program

Defense One: Meet the Man Leading the Snowden Damage Investigation

 

CHINA

The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world. 

Washington Post: Chinese Hackers Reportedly Took Classified Data on MH370 a Day after it Went Missing

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)

 

MIDDLE EAST

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

 

INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

Intelnews.org: Failed Nazi Spy Mission in UK ‘Was Sabotaged by German Dissidents’

Military.com: USS Liberty Hero Dies

War is Boring: The Tower of Boom: Everything About This Nuclear War Test Tower Was Extraordinary

 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Central Intelligence Agency: Spotlight on CIA’s Centers