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.
Amy Chang is an affiliate of the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project. Her research examines cybersecurity and technology policy issues, U.S.-China relations, and U.S.-Asia foreign policy.
Ms. Chang recently served as the Staff Director of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she was responsible for federal oversight and legislation on political, security, and economic issues in the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Ms. Chang was the Norman R. Augustine Research Associate in the Technology & National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), investigating the strategic and economic aspects of technology in the United States and in Asia.
Ms. Chang has authored several salient reports on China and Asian strategic and defense issues, including Warring State: China’s Cybersecurity Strategy on the political, military, and economic elements of China’s cyber strategy. She has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, NPR, POLITICO, and others.
Ms. Chang has also worked at The Asia Group, Albright Stonebridge Group, Defense Group Inc., the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Chang is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 11:45am