Mikhail Barabanov. Graduated from the Moscow National University of Culture, then worked for the Moscow City Government. Editor-in- Chief of MDB since 2008. An expert on naval history and armaments.
Alexei Bezborodov is a prominent expert on Russia's maritime, transport, logistics and container markets. He is director-general of Infra Projects, a consultancy whose customers include PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS, NOMURA and some of the largest Russian industry giants. A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International relations, he has supervised investment projects for ESN Group (2006-2007), served as project director for SeaNews analytical agency (2004-2006) and as first deputy commercial director of First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg (2003-2004). In 1997-1998, he was an investment projects coordination expert at the Sea Port of St. Petersburg.
Andrey Frolov. Graduated with honours degree from the Faculty of Foreign Affairs of Saint Petersburg State University and in 2003 from French-Russian Masters' School of Political Science and International Relations. In 2003-2004 - researcher at the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR-Center), executive editor of Yaderny Kontrol magazine (in Russian). In 2004 - project manager of Export control system transformation in Russia in 1999-2003 programme.
Anton Lavrov. Graduated from the Tver State Technical University. He is the independent aviation analyst and the most outstanding Russian independent researcher of the Russian-Georgian August War 2008.
Mikhail Lukin. Graduated in 1992 from the journalism department of the Moscow State University. Since 1990 worked as an editor with the 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 Makienko. Graduated from the Oriental Department of the Moscow National Institute for International Relations in 1995 and the French-Russian Masters' School of Political Science and International Relations in 1996. He was head of a project on conventional armaments at the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR-Center) in 1996-1997. Since September of 1997, he has been Deputy Director of CAST. He is the author of numerous articles on Russia's military-technical cooperation with other countries and advisor to the head of the Russian Federal Agency on Industry since 2007.
Ruslan Pukhov is 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 - postgraduate student of the French-Russian Master d'Etudes Internationales Sciences Po - MGIMO. In 1996-1997 - researcher for the Conventional Arms Project of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center). Since 2007 Member of the Public Advisory Board of the Russian Defense Ministry.