Moscow Defense Brief is an English-language defense magazine published by Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), an independent defense think-tank in Moscow, Russia.
Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (Russian Federation)
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The purpose of Moscow Defense Brief is to provide analysis of developments and trends in Russia's defense policy and industry, tailored to the demands of defense and security professionals in the English-speaking world. The articles in Moscow Defense Brief are written by both full-time analysts at CAST and a number of independent experts. External experts who have written for Moscow Defense Briefinclude: Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs; Aleksey Nikolsky, Defense and politics reporter for Vedomosti; Alexandr Stukalin Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Kommersant; Andrei Kortunov , Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council; and Roger McDermott, senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation.
The magazine was launched in 2004, and its reports have since been regularly cited by news sources such as The Moscow Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and the BBC News. The magazine's last regular issue was published in December 2018, since then MDB is published on ad-hoc basis.
Subscribers receive not only a print edition of each new issue, but they are also given online access to every previously published Moscow Defense Brief through the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies website since 2004.
Moscow Defense Brief issues are typically separated into sections on international relations, Russian defense industry topics, the arms trade, the Russian Armed Forces, interviews with prominent defense industry or government officials, and quantitative data. Moscow Defense Brief publishes the yearly figures for Russia's arms sales, which is the most comprehensive source of Russian foreign military-technical cooperation data.