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.
Jerry Green is the John Leverett Professor at Harvard University and the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy in the Harvard Business School Department of Economics.
His current research includes work on the economics of incentives, principles of equity for use in collective decision-making, and the use of data on choice to evaluate economic well-being.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm