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.
HRH Abdulmajeed AlSaud recently obtained a joint degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, Abdulmajeed completed a culminating thesis entitled, Fueling Stability: Peace, Prosperity, and Energy Policy in Saudi Arabia and Beyond. He has conducted research at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and has been a member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations since 2013, where he was a founder and is a board member of the organization’s Emerging Leaders Committee. Abdulmajeed is a member on several advisory boards such as The Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the Saudi Business Club in Boston. Abdulmajeed currently resides in Riyadh, where he is pursuing a career in public service/administration, with a focus on international energy policy and security. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
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