- Research associate for the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
- Opposes U.S. development of National Missile Defense System
Ronald Siegel is a research associate for the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies’ (IDDS) Northeast Asia Security Project, which examines issues of nuclear weapons, conventional forces, and global warming. Founded in 1980, the IDDS is a pro-disarmament group with ties to such leftwing organizations as the Americans for Democratic Action, the War Resisters League, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the World Federalists. The IDDS began at a time when its originators believed that the best way to ensure peace was to denude the United States of its defense arsenal. Soon thereafter, IDDS chief executive Randall Forsberg launched the nuclear freeze movement, a Soviet-sponsored initiative that would have frozen Soviet nuclear and military superiority in place, and would have rendered the new American president, Ronald Reagan, unable to close that gap by any appreciable degree. Reagan opposed the concept of a unilateral freeze, and his opposition was ultimately vindicated by America’s Cold War victory. The success of Reagan’s strategy is detailed in Peter Schweizer’s book Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.
Siegel wrote the IDDS's 2001 study on "rogue state" missiles, the rogues identified at that time as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In this study, he concluded that Iran and Iraq [which was then under Saddam’s now-terminated regime] were unlikely to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) before the year 2015; he added that while North Korea might have the capability of producing an ICBM a few years before that, such a development could be prevented by a nationally monitored missile ban. Siegel has also derided the Bush administration's aspirations to deploy a National Missile Defense system in Alaska, characterizing the plan as “manifestly unworkable.”