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Elena Grossfeld is a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies, King's College London (KCL), and a member of King's Intelligence and Security Group (KISG). Her research interests are strategic culture of Russian/Soviet intelligence, Cold War, and information warfare.

Elena holds an MA in Intelligence and International Security from KCL, an MA in Linguistics from San Jose State University, and a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Russian Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Having started her career as a software engineer and architect, she specialized in reliability and performance of systems powering the Internet and e-commerce before moving into cybersecurity, focusing on the areas of insider threat, cyber threat intelligence, and cryptocurrencies-related fraud investigations.

Research Interests

  • Strategic Culture
  • Soviet and Russian intelligence services
  • Information Warfare
  • Cold War

Elena’s research concentrates on Strategic culture of Russian intelligence services, changes in strategic culture from the Cold War to present; and the effects of strategic culture on information warfare.


Strategic culture of Russian Intelligence Services – from the Cold War to Putin’s Russia.


Dr Daniela Richterova

Dr Huw Dylan


30th Nov 2023

Generative AI and Intelligence Assessment

Dylan, H., Grossfeld, E. & Devanny, J., 30 Nov 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: The RUSI Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1st Feb 2023

Back Into The Cold: Putin’s Intelligence and Security Apparatus a Year into the Ukraine War

Borogan, I., Grossfeld, E., Richterova, D. & Soldatov, A., Feb 2023, War in Ukraine: One Year On. Leoni, Z., Ryan, M. & Weber, G. (eds.). London: Centre for Grand Strategy, p. 17-193 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter