Jim Lamson

HeadshotSenior Research Associate

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Maine, USA

Areas of Research

  • 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
  • Iran’s policies and positions on nonproliferation, arms control, disarmament, and regional security, including transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs)
  • Role and limits of intelligence in nonproliferation and arms control
  • Open-source research and analysis


Jim Lamson is a Senior Research Associate based in Maine. His research focuses on Iranian weapons, space, and military issues, and Iran’s security and arms control policies. Prior to joining CNS, Jim worked for 23 years as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on Iranian weapons and military issues, and served for more than five years in the Middle East. Before that, he worked on nonproliferation issues at CNS, the Conference on Disarmament, International Atomic Energy Agency, and U.S. Department of State.


  • BA in East Asian Studies, Middlebury College
  • MA in International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • MS in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, with a certificate in Supply Chain Management
  • Currently MPhil/PhD student in Defence Studies with King’s College London

CNS Work

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