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.
Diane McCree is Managing Editor of International Security. Before coming to the Belfer Center, she was production editor at Blackwell Publishers and a freelance editor for MIT Press, where she worked on books on international relations and economics. She has also worked at the Embassy of Jordan, the Middle East Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, all in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and holds an M.A. in international relations from Georgetown University, with concentrations in Middle East studies and Arabic. She also studied at the Tufts Center for European Studies in Talloires, France, with a focus on international organizations and law.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm