Michael Elleman

Senior Fellow for Missile Defence

Main Responsibilities: Senior Fellow for Missile Defence at the IISS, and the principal author of the IISS Strategic Dossier Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities: A net assessment, as well as numerous articles on missile proliferation and US–NATO–Russian cooperation on missile defence. Presently, Mr Elleman leads an effort to further assess Iran’s asymmetric military capabilities and is exploring mechanisms for promoting regional security cooperation in the Gulf, while continuing research on the missile and space programmes of North Korea and Iran. 

Background: Before joining the IISS, Mr Elleman spent five years at Booz Allen Hamilton, a US consulting firm, where he supported the implementation of Cooperative Threat Reduction programmes sponsored by the US Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. He also provided weapons proliferation analyses to the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office (ASCO) at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Previously, he spent 18 months at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) as a missile expert for weapons inspection missions in Iraq. Prior to joining the UN, he spent two decades as a scientist as Lockheed Martin’s Research and Development Laboratory, where his activities focused on solid propellants, weapons elimination technologies, nuclear effects and special materials research. From 1995 to 2001, he led a Cooperative Threat Reduction program in Russia, aimed at dismantling obsolete long-range missiles. He is a graduate of physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joined IISS: April 2009

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