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.
Davide Luca is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. His research interests include political geography, distributive politics, development policy-making, and local and regional economic growth. At the Belfer Center, he plans to conduct research on the links between democratizing politics, state effectiveness, and economic development in post-2002 Turkey. Davide holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. His thesis was awarded the 2016 G. Leonardi PhD Dissertation Prize and the 2014 G. Atalık Prize, both in regional science. Prior to joining MEI, he worked for the European Commission, consulted for the European Parliament, and co-wrote and developed an international social doc-film on transnational marriages. More information about Davide can be found on his webpage: www.davideluca.com.Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017, 5:26pm