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.
David Allen is a doctoral candidate in History at Columbia University and an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, having previously been a History and Policy Fellow at the Ash Center. His research explores the relationship between the public and U.S. foreign policy, between the end of World War I and the Vietnam War.
David took a double first in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as well as an M.Phil. in Historical Studies. His publications include work on the Peace Corps and church-state politics, Henry Kissinger and the domestic politics of détente, and computational methods and the study of history in an age of big data. Beyond history, he is a freelance classical music critic at the New York Times.Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017, 6:29pm