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.
Brian Filler is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and recently served as the Air Staff's Chief of Nuclear Security in the Pentagon. Previously, he commanded the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana and the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. He has had numerous operational assignments, advised the Iraqi Army, and was a staff officer for U.S. European Command. His research interests include nuclear security and counter-proliferation.Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017, 6:06pm