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.
Jessica "Zhanna" Malekos Smith is a former post-doctoral fellow at the Cyber Security Project, and a M.A. candidate at King’s College London, Department of War Studies. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she was a fellow of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law. Her research has appeared in the Small Wars Journal, The National Interest, Strife, RealClearDefense, and the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.Last Updated: Jan 16, 2017, 11:48am