Hoover Institution’s ‘Nobody But Us: The Rise and Fall of the Golden Age of Signals Intelligence’


READ THE REPORT — In an August 2017 report from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, author Ben Buchanan, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Project, argues that the US government’s “Nobody But Us” (or NOBUS) approach to signals intelligence — in which communications are designed to be indecipherable by any method that isn’t exclusive to US parties —  is losing effectiveness due to “increasingly sophisticated” enemies. According to Buchanan, the report “outlines the ways in which the United States can and does exploit structural or asymmetric advantages in capability or access to enable NOBUS methods,”  “examines how current trends make NOBUS solutions harder to find and use,” and “articulates some ideas for a potential path forward, though it acknowledges there is no easy answer.” The report was published as part of the Aegis Paper Series. Learn more about it here.

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