Ballistic missile expert to speak
Posted March 20, 2008; 10:28 a.m.
Weapons technology expert Theodore Postol will deliver a lecture titled "U.S. Deployment of Ballistic Missile Defenses in Eastern Europe: Should Russia Worry?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Postol, who has criticized flaws in the U.S. missile defense program, is a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research includes work on ballistic missile defense technologies and reducing nuclear dangers in South Asia as well as those due to the deteriorating Russian nuclear infrastructure.
Before joining the MIT faculty, Postol led a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study developments in weapons technology of relevance to defense and arms control policy. He previously worked at Argonne National Laboratory and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Postol has received numerous awards for his work, including the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society for "incisive technical analysis of national security issues."
The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security as part of their series on "Dealing With 21st-Century Weapons Threats."