As missile defence becomes a central feature of many states’ security postures, it is attendant to frame the enterprise in a wider strategic context to understand its importance. The classic geopolitical dichotomy between Heartland and Rimland states outlined by Halford Mackinder and Nicholas Spykman might help us understand the geopolitical significance of global allied missile defences.
A RUSI roundtable in January 2019 discussed Russia's involvement in elections in Ukraine, in light of the country's upcoming election. Tools for involvement have included political destabilisation, media manipulation, and economic interconnection. Participants discussed Ukraine's resistance to influence and the need for further study.
The Ministry of Defence points to the recent success of some acquisition projects as it defends itself against criticism made in ‘Changing the Dinosaurs Spots’. But the key issue is not the relative success or failure of individual projects but the overall performance of the MoD’s acquisition organisations and how their cultures affect that performance.