Dr. Laura Grego is a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit organization of professional scientists who advise the US government on important policy decisions and devise creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. As part of the Global Security Program, Dr. Grego focuses on the technology and security implications of national missile defense and of space security. She serves as the leader of the Technical Experts Group for the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) Project. The MILAMOS project aims to develop a widely-accepted manual clarifying the fundamental rules, based on existing international law, applicable to the military use of outer space, in times of peace as well as in periods of tension and in outright armed conflict.
Since joining UCS in September 2002, she has been cited by Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, and NPR. She also has testified before Congress and addressed the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on space security issues. She is the author or co-author of roughly 30 peer-reviewed, published papers on a range of topics, including cosmology, space security, and missile defense.
Before joining UCS, Dr. Grego was a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She earned a doctorate degree in experimental physics at the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy at the University of Michigan.