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Jim Lamson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Defence Studies and is based in Denver, Colorado. His research interests include Iran’s weapons programs and military strategy. He holds an MS in National Resource Strategy from the U.S. National Defense University, an MA in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a BA from Middlebury College.

Jim comes to the Defence Studies Department after 23 years in the U.S. Government focused on weapons proliferation and military issues. He is currently a non-resident Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


Research Interests

  • Iran’s intentions, activities, and capabilities in precision strike weapons, missiles, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and space
  • Iran’s defense industries
  • Iran’s military strategy and its threat and use of military force



Striking Devils: Explaining Iran’s Development, Threat, and “Short-of-War” Use of Precision Strike Weapons

Supervisor: Professor Wyn Bowen