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.