Alexander M. Golts. In 1978 received an M.A. in journalism from the Journalism Department of Moscow State University, Lomonosov. From 1980 until 1996 worked at “Krasnaya zvezda” (“Red star”), the Russian military daily editorial board. From 1996-2001 served as military editor of Itogi, a premier Russian news magazine. In 2001-2004 worked for the political magazine “Yezhenedelnyi journal” (“Weekly”) as deputy editor-in-chief. Now works as deputy editor-in-chief at the web site “Yezhednevnyi journal”. He regularly contributes to Janes Defense Weekly and recently spent his year term at CISAC of Stanford University as a visiting fellow, writing a manuscript on military reform in Russia titled “Russian Army: Eleven lost years”. Contributed to “Russia: The New Security Parameters” (1995), “Russland auf dem Weg zum Rechtsstaat? Antworten aus der Zivilgesellschaft” (2003), edited by German Institute for Human Rights, “The Russian military” (2004), edited by MIT-press (USA).
Andrei G. Ionin is a graduate of the Mozhaisky Institute of Military Engineering. He served as a researcher at the Baikonur Aeronautical Facility from 1983-1988. Since 1988 he has occupied different scientific positions within the Ministry of Defense Scientific Research Institute He received his PhD in 1995. His contributions to MDB are in the capacity of independent expert.
Mikhail A. Lukin. In 1992 graduated from the journalism department of the Moscow State University. Since 1990 worked as an editor of Postfactum press agency. In 1993 became a staff member of the “XX century and the world” think-tank, and in 1994-1997 worked as head of the information section in the “National News Service”. From 1997 was an executive in the operational news group, deputy director of the information center of the “Kommersant” Publishing House. Since January 2003 – director of the information center of the “Kommersant” Publishing House.
Konstantin V. Makienko. Graduated from the Oriental Department at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in 1995 and the French–Russian Master’s 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.