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.
José A. Gómez-Ibáñez is Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy. His research interests are primarily in the area of transportation policy and urban development and in privatization and regulation of infrastructure. He has served as a consultant for a variety of public agencies. His recent publications include Regulation for Revenue: The Political Economy of Land Use Exactions (with Alan Altshuler), Going Private: The International Experience with Transport Privatization (with John R. Meyer), and Essays on Transport Policy and Economics (editor).Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm