Lisbeth Gronlund

Articles by Lisbeth Gronlund

1 March 2014

The United States maintains huge stockpiles of plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) for weapons use—far larger than needed for any conceivable military contingency.

23 September 2009

Technical flaws in the Obama missile defense plan

David WrightLisbeth Gronlund

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced its long-awaited decision on a European missile defense system against potential Iranian ballistic missiles. In short, it will shelve the Bush administration's plan for a defense against intercontinental-range missiles, and instead, it will field a system designed to intercept shorter-range missiles, on which Iran is making quicker progress.

1 April 2008

Twenty-five years after Reagan's Star Wars speech

David WrightLisbeth Gronlund

On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan made his famous Star Wars speech, announcing his plan to develop a missile defense system that would make nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete." His vision of a "shield that could protect us from nuclear missiles just as a roof protects a family from the rain" was both seductive and audacious.

1 September 2005
“Missile Defense: The Current Debate,” Congressional Research Service, March 23, 2005; and “Findings and Recommendations,” Independent Review Team, March 31, 2005.