Roger N. McDermott
Non-Resident Research Fellow
Roger N McDermott joined the International Centre for Defence and Security in April 2016 as a Non-Resident Research Fellow. He is a Senior Fellow in Eurasian Military Studies, The Jamestown Foundation, Washington DC and Senior International Research Fellow for the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. McDermott is on the editorial boards of Russian Law & Politics, Central Asia and the Caucasus and the scientific board of the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies. His weekly assessments of military, security and strategic developments in Russia and Central Asia appear in Eurasia Daily Monitor the flagship publication of The Jamestown Foundation.
He specializes in Russian and Central Asian defence and security issues. His interests in Russia’s defence and security developments are mainly in the areas of defence reform, force structure, training, strategic exercises, military theory, perspectives on future warfare, planning and combat capability and readiness, as well as operational analysis. Among his numerous publications are the following: Brothers Disunited: Russia’s Use of Military Power in Ukraine, (Eds., J.L. Black and Michael Johns), Return of the Cold War. Ukraine, the West, and Russia, Routledge: London, 2016; (Editor) The Transformation of Russia’s Armed Forces: Twenty Lost Years, London: Routledge, 2014, and co-editor with Bertil Nygren and Carolina Vendil-Pallin, The Russian Armed Forces in Transition: Economic, Geopolitical and Institutional Uncertainties, (Routledge: London), 2011. His latest report, co-authored with Tor Bukkvoll, is Russia in the Precision-Strike Regime: Military Theory, Procurement, and Operational Impact, Oslo: FFI, 2017.
19 April 2018
Russia’s Evolving Electronic Warfare Capability: Unlocking Asymmetric Potential
Since first initiating the reforms of the Russian Armed Forces in the fall of 2008, Moscow has developed a number of complimentary niche capabilities.
28 September 2017
ICDS Report Presented at Electronic Warfare & Military Cyber Live 2017
On 25 September, the ICDS report “Russia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities to 2025: Challenging NATO in Electromagnetic Spectrum” was presented at the...
27 September 2017
ICDS Report Launch Event in Tallinn
On September 26, ICDS held a public event for the launch of our latest report titled “Russia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities to 2025: Challenging...
20 September 2017
Zapad: What Can We Learn from Russia's Latest Military Exercise?
As one of the leading Western analysts of Russian military developments, Roger McDermott, says "while Russia's armed forces' leadership remain very...
18 September 2017
Russia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities to 2025: Challenging NATO in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
“ICDS’s study could not be more timely. This is a professional work that catalogues the seriousness of the threat without being unduly alarmist. It is...
2 May 2017
Moscow Promotes New Tsirkon Cruise Missile
Since Russia’s entry into the conflict in Syria in September 2015, the top brass and defense ministry have devoted increasingly more attention to the...
6 February 2017
Moscow Pursues Enhanced Precision-Strike Capability
Moscow’s defense establishment annually reflects on achievements in modernizing and enhancing combat capability and readiness levels in the Russian...
22 September 2016
Moscow Tests Network-Centric Military Capability in Kavkaz 2016
Every year, the Russian Armed Forces stage a large-scale training exercise to serve as the pinnacle of the combat training season.