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 E. Sanger, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Belfer Center's first senior fellow for National Security and the Press, is National Security Correspondent of The New York Times. In a 32-year career at the paper, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has received many of journalism's top awards for national security, foreign policy and White House reporting. He specializes in coverage of nuclear proliferation and international economics. He is also the author of two best-sellers on foreign policy: "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power" (2009) and "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.'' He is a 1982 graduate of Harvard College and, with Graham Allison, teaches a case-study course at the Kennedy School, "Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press.''Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017, 11:07am