In the modern era, there is great convergence in the technologies used by friendly nations and by hostile ones. Signals intelligence agencies find themselves penetrating the technologies that they also at times must protect. To ease this tension, the United States and its partners have relied on an approach sometimes called Nobody But Us, or NOBUS: target communications mechanisms using unique methods accessible only to the United States. This paper examines how the NOBUS approach works, its limits, and the challenging matter of what comes next.
Gideon Rachman is chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. He writes regularly about the European Union, US foreign policy and geopolitical rivalries in Asia, amongst other subjects.
He won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2016 and was also named as commentator of the year in the European Press Prize awards in the same year. His book “Easternization - Asia's Rise and America's Decline” was published in 2017. A previous book “Zero-Sum World” was published by in 2011 and has been translated into eight languages. Before joining the FT in 2006, he worked for The Economist for 15 years in a range of jobs, including as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington.