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.
Nikoleta Sremac is the Geopolitics of Energy Project Coordinator and Faculty Assistant to Professor Meghan O’Sullivan. She is also a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Extension School in the Government Department. Prior to joining the Belfer Center she completed a research-based internship at the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, and a Commonwealth Corps Year of Service resettling refugees in Worcester, MA. Previously, she was a parliamentary intern in UK MP Jenny Willott’s office and in the Serbian Government Office of EU Integration. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Clark University, concentrating in International Relations and Women, Peace and Security.Last Updated: Feb 1, 2017, 2:58pm