The capabilities of existing ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods for the strength-related properties of bonds in structural components is reviewed. The severe limitations of conventional NDE methods in yielding quantitative results are indicated. Some recent results of a joint theoretical and experimental program of research using leaky Lamb waves (LLW) in laboratory specimens are presented. The LLW technique is shown to have several advantages over conventional techniques. Potential applications of the technique to determine non-destructively the quality of bonds in a variety of models are discussed.