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.
Mathias Ormestad Frendem is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and received his D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. His doctoral dissertation develops georealism, a new realist theory of how great powers choices on balancing and bandwagoning, alliances, and war. Various cases from the European great power system between 1683 and 1914 are used to test this theory. Mathias earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 2013 and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oslo in 2009.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm