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.
Ben Rhode is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Oxford and an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy. His research explores European reactions to the rise of the United States as a great power and the use of history in policy analysis.
He was previously a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center, where his research focused on nonproliferation and regional security issues. Prior to joining the Center, Ben worked for five years as a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours in Modern History, and received an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm