The ‘Military Thought’ is the oldest and the main military theoretical periodical of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Its history dates back to 1858, when the magazine ‘Military Information Collector’ was established on the basis of the initiative of Professor of the Imperial Military Academy D.A. Milyutin. Its pages reproduced the concerns of military policy, military art and other issues of military affairs. After the October Revolution, in 1918, the military-scientific journal called ‘Military Arts’ was put into life. This date is officially recognised as the foundation day of ‘Military Thought’, although this name was received by it only on 1 January 1937 (after ‘Military Arts’ the journal was called ‘MIlitary Science and Revolution’, ‘Military Thought and Revolution’, ‘War and Revolution’).

At all stages of its history, the periodical mobilised members of the army and navy, and especially their commanders and military scientists, for developing the military science and art, as well as the theory of state military build-up, construction and use of the Armed Forces. In addition, the magazine reported about the urgent problems of military theory and practice.

In 1975, for its contribution into information supporting development of the domestic military science, construction and use of the Armed Forces the journal ‘Military Thought’ was awarded the Order of Red Star by the Decree of the USSR Supreme Soviet’s Presidium.

The journal is intended for supreme and senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, specialists of research institutions of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Defence, higher-education teaching personnel and officer students of military academies, universities and institutes, heads of the defence industry’s enterprises.

The journal’s editorial board includes senior leaders of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Main and Central Administrations, the Services and Arms of the Armed Forces, Special Troops, higher military educational institutions, as well as leading researchers of research organisations of the RF Defence Ministry.

Currently, the journal examines the experience of warfare in wars and armed conflicts of XX and XXI centuries on major issues of strategy and operational art and determining the possible nature of future wars. In addition, the ‘Military Thought’ highlights the methodology of military science, special branches of knowledge of social, natural and technical sciences and their defence aspects. The journal also informs about the main directions of development of armaments, military equipment and military-technical cooperation.

The other tasks of the journal are as follows: to generalise experience of operational training of troops, especially operational-strategic exercises, to highlight the most important pages of military history and world history of military thought, to review military-theoretical literature, to analyze the moral and psychological training of the Armed Forces personnel in solving problems of military training and education as well as regulatory-and-legal support of the state’s military organisation. The journal is also engaged in promoting military-theoretical heritage of domestic military theorists, outstanding military leaders.

Materials for publishing in the Journal are distributed in the following sections: ‘Geopolitics and Security’, ‘Military Construction,’ ‘Art of War’, ‘Military-Technical Policy’, ‘Informatization of the Armed Forces,’ ‘Military Theory and Practice’, ‘Education and Training’ and others.

Among authors of the journal there are the leaders of the central bodies of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Defence, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Main and Central Administrations, research organisations, higher-education teaching personnel, adjuncts, and students of higher military educational institutions of the Russian Defence Ministry.

The journal ‘Military Thought’ is included in the ‘List of scientific publications of the Higher Attestation Commission’, which publications are taken into account, when defending candidate’s and doctoral theses.

Collections of the journal’s most interesting and informative articles for foreign readers abroad are published quarterly in English. The journal’s circulation is about 3,000 copies. The volume contains 80 pages.

Colonel (res.) Sergey RODIKOV, Cand. Sc. (Tech.), Senior Researcher, is the journal’s  Editor-in-Chief.