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.
POSTPONED: This event was postponed from an earlier date due to weather.
Pulitzer-prize winning, veteran journalist R. Jeffrey Smith has just completed a two-year investigation into the global effort to control nuclear weapons and the materials that could be used to make them. With colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, he published thirty articles about the risks posed by inadequately secured nuclear material around the world (the articles appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post to Foreign Policy, from Stars and Stripes to NBC News). At this seminar, Smith will distill the lessons he believes should be drawn from setbacks in the continuing U.S. campaign to control one of the world’s most serious threats.