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.
Kate Bjelde is the Project Assistant at the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project, where she conducts research on cybersecurity vulnerabilities in technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, she was a research intern at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation in London. Kate earned her M.A. in Terrorism Security and Society from King's College London, where her thesis analyzed the moral, legal, and efficacious considerations underpinning U.S. drone policy.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm