75 years of service to our nation


Michael Kofman
Research Scientist


Michael Kofman is an expert on Russia, Eurasia and Pakistan. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis.

Kofman has advised senior military and government officials on Russia, Eurasia and Pakistan and represented the Department of Defense on numerous occasions before foreign officials and dignitaries. In addition to his role at CNA, he is a Kennan Institute Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Kofman has published numerous articles on security issues in Eurasia, specifically Russia and Ukraine, and has appeared as a featured guest on broadcast news programs throughout the country.

Kofman holds an M.A. in Security Studies with a concentration in International Security from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science from Northeastern University. He is fluent in Russian.


December 4, 2017

Michael Kofman says Russia's undersea fleet, "is in the best state it has been in since the fall of the Soviet Union, a lot of effort has been spent on drilling, training, and readiness."

Foreign Policy: "In Return to Cold War Posture, U.S. Sending Sub Hunting Planes to Iceland"

December 1, 2017

Michael Kofman says, "Russia and NATO are in some respects on the same team when it comes to overblowing Russian military capabilities and engaging in a bit of threat inflationism."

Business Insider: "Russia's New Missile Laden-Ships Are Impressive, but Shouldn't Keep NATO Commanders Awake at Night"

November 21, 2017

Michael Kofman says, "It had a nuclear mission, but realistically this is a heavy mortar for destroying fixed positions. Its main advantage is that it can bring a very high explosive mortar round to the fight from a distinctly advantageous angle of attack."

The National Interest: "Russia's Army Just Upgraded Some of Its 'Big Guns' That Once Fired Nuclear Weapons"

November 19, 2017

Michael Kofman says, "You will see a lot of policy made on the basis of the fact that us and Russia have an adversarial relationship and we expect to have one for quite some time."

Sean's Russia Blog Podcast: "Assessing the Russian Military"

November 18, 2017

Michael Kofman says, "I'm quite skeptical on NK-32-02 engine refit for Tu-22M3."

The National Interest: "Russia's Supersonic Bombers: Now Locked and Loaded With New Supersonic Missiles"

November 13, 2017

Michael Kofman says, "A new line of Tu-160s is also no small challenge, since it involves relearning the original manufacturing process for the bomber and establishing a production line for something Russia's defense industry had not made in quite some time."

The National Interest: "Tu-160M2: Everything We Know About Russia's New Super Bomber"