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#5 (49), 2015


Celebrating 10 Years of Moscow Defense Brief

For 10 years now, the Moscow Defense Brief has been on the leading edge of Russian defense, providing readers with a unique perspective from the inside. Our ambition in 2004 was to provide timely and accurate analysis of developments and trends in Russian defense policy and industry, tailored to the demands of defense and security professionals in the English-speaking world. Moscow Defense Brief remains true to this purpose 10 years on, and continues to provide unique value to our subscribers through our location, contacts, expertise, and reputation.

The pulse of Russian defense activity can only be felt and earnestly reported from one location — Moscow. CAST is located in downtown Moscow and monitors the local stream of defense and industry information, attends important policy and industry events, and measures the intangible metrics of the Russian defense establishment. Our location also allows for a vast network of subject-matter experts throughout industry, government, academia, journalism, and other interested areas. The relationships we maintain go beyond our “inbox”, allowing for in-depth research and understanding of current defense issues, both domestic and foreign. Over the past 10 years this networked position has yielded a body of in-house expertise that provides Moscow Defense Brief with detailed analysis, well beyond aggregation and simple commentary.

The value of Moscow Defense Brief is underwritten by our stalwart reputation as a professional, unaffiliated, nongovernment think tank. The need for such outside opinion is just as strong today — if not stronger — than when we began in 2004. But Russian defense matters are evermore dynamic and growing in complexity, all within and a part of an international security environment that seems, once again, to be building to crescendo. Moscow Defense Brief continues to evolve with a shifting Russian defense scene, yet is still growing in reach and in our relationship with our readers. Our 10-plus years of experience will increasingly pay dividends to our readers as we offer improved online services, added content, and a new web-based interface for subscribers.

Our 10 years of success is a great cause for celebration, but the future holds even more promise.


About CAST

The Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) is a private, independent think tank in Moscow, founded in 1997. Core research areas cover Russian defense and security policy, the Russian defense industry, and the Russian nexus of the international arms trade. CAST business lines include publication of defense journals, digests, and full-length books, contract research and market consulting, and custom information services to both the public and the private sectors. CAST services and products deliver exceptional value to our clients by leveraging an extensive network of sources and expertise, matched with an uncompromising ethic of quality.

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