Mikhail Barabanov. Graduated from the Moscow State University of Culture. Currently employed by the Moscow city government. Independent expert on naval history and armaments.
Fyodor Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, published in Russian and English with participation of Foreign Affairs, and an international columnist with the Kommersant daily, Vedomosti, The Moscow Times and Gazeta.ru online source; leading national radio stations and TV channels. Fyodor Lykyanov graduated from Moscow State University 1991 as a Germanist. He worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for many Russia media. Member of the Presidium of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an influential independent organization providing foreign policy expertise.
Konstantin Makienko. Graduated from the Oriental Department at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in 1995 and the French-Russian Masters’ School of Political Science and International Relations in 1996. Head of a project on conventional armaments at the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR-Center), 1996—1997. Since September 1997, Deputy Director of CAST. Author of numerous articles on Russia’s military-technical cooperation with other countries.
Ruslan Pukhov. Director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) since 1997. In 1996 he graduated from the School of International Information of MGIMO University under the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 1996—1997 — post-graduated student of the French-Russian Master d’Etudes Internationales Sciences Po — MGIMO. In 1996—1997 — researcher of Conventional Arms Project in the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center). Author of a number of research articles on the conventional arms trade and the defense industries of Russia and France.
Ivan Safranchuk. Ph. D. Political Sciences. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. From 1997—2001 was a researcher at PIR-Center and director of a project on nuclear arms control. Since July 2001, Head of the Moscow Office of the Center for Defense Information. Author of a number of scientific articles and reports on nuclear policy, nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation of WMD and Russian foreign policy.
Dmitry Vasiliev. Graduated from the State University — Higher School of Economics with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in 2004. From 2003 to mid 2004, worked as an analyst at Absolut Bank in the Department of Risk Evaluation. Currently working since July 2004 as CAST researcher and editor-in-chief of the Eksport vooruzheniy (Arms Export) journal.
Vladimir Vasiliev. Ph. D. Graduated from the All-union Correspondence Juridical Institute and Academy of Ministry of the Interior, USSR. Worked for law enforcement agencies, took up positions of the First Deputy Minister of the Interior of Russian Federation — Head of Organized Crime Headquarter, Deputy Secretary of Security Council of Russia. Colonel-general of police. State Duma member from Tver single-member constituency #173 (Tver region). Member of political faction «Edinaya Rossiya». Chairman of State Duma Security Counsel of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation. Deputy Director of State Duma Coordinating Committee on Russian security law development. Representative of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation permanent delegation in NATO Parliamentary Assembly.