Postol is a leading expert and critic of the National Missile Defense Program, a system designed to detect, intercept, and destroy incoming nuclear warheads before they re-enter the atmosphere. With controversial views on the Department of Defense program, Postol asserts that his work has exposed critical flaws in the national missile defense policies. Postol's criticism raises questions about the efficacy of missile defense, particularly in light of the current war against Iraq. A graduate of MIT in physics and nuclear engineering, Theodore Postol has studied weapons technology for most of his career. He worked at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment before joining the faculty at MIT. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Leo Szilard Prize and the Hilliard Roderick Prize.
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