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.
Amanda J. Rothschild received her Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT and is an associate with the Belfer Center's International Security Program. Her research interests include international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, human rights, ethical issues in international affairs, and leadership in national and international security policy. She is a recipient of the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, a National Fellowship from the University of Virginia's Miller Center, a Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship in National Security, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. Her dissertation, successfully defended in October 2016, examines the history of U.S. responsiveness to mass killing and offers a novel theory explaining when and why the United States shifts from its modal response—pursuing limited measures—to address the killings more intensively.
Rothschild received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Boston College in 2011. At commencement, she was awarded the Finneran Commencement Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Donald S. Carlisle Award for outstanding achievement in political science, and the John McCarthy S.J. Award for the most distinguished "Scholar of the College" thesis the social sciences. As a student-athlete, she was twice named to the Division I Hockey East Academic All-Star Team.Last Updated: Jul 6, 2017, 11:59am