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.
Chad Ellsworth is a National Defense Fellow at the Belfer Center's International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Lieutenant Colonel and career logistician in the United States Air Force. Lt. Col. Ellsworth's experience includes serving in various positions at the Wing, Major Command, Secretary of the Air Force, Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense levels. He holds a graduate degree in organizational management from George Washington University.Last Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 4:49pm