Chairman, Commission on Security Policy and Evaluation of Defense legislation, Public Council of the RF Ministry of Defense (since 2007) founding member of the non-governmental Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: served in the military intelligence of the Soviet General Staff (GRU) (1958-1988); Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Defense of the Russian Federation in the rank of Deputy Minister in the Russian government (1990-1992); Advisor to the President of the United Heavy Machinery Corporation, Russia’s largest engineering company and a significant weapons producer (2001-2004).
Research interests: defense economy and military policy.
Author of numerous books and articles on these subjects, including publications in English“The Crisis in the Russian Economy.” Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. April 1994;“The Soviet System of Mobilization Preparedness,”“The Structural Militarization of the Soviet Economy: The Unknown Phenomenon,”chapters in“The Anatomy of Russian Defense Conversion.”Vlad E. Genin, General Editor. Foreword by William J. Perry. Vega Press, Walnut Creek, CA, 2001;“The Economics of Defense in Russia and the Legacy of Structural Militarization,“ chapter in Miller, Steven E. and Dmitri Trenin. The Russian Military: Power and Policy. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2004.
Leading Russian military expert Vitaly Shlykov spoke during one of the sessions of the Valdai Discussion Club last week about the sweeping reform of the country’s armed forces, which begins in December and will cut the number of tanks from 20,000 to 2,000 and reduce the number or reservists to just 100,000. The reform, which Shlykov described as nothing short of a revolution, will significantly affect the Kremlin’s approach to the composition of and future cuts to the country’s military arsenal.
Détente was the time of pragmatic relations. Both sides badgered each other a little bit, but by and large they respected each other’s main interests and did not seek a major change in the alignment of forces. However, partnership with the U.S.S.R. and Russia showed that the West, primarily the United States, was not averse to changing the balance of power in its favor.