Why study Russian views on the new ‘revolution in military affairs’ (RMA)? First, Operation Desert Storm signalled the advent of a dramatic metamorphosis in warfare. Like its Soviet predecessor, the Russian military views RMA as the nucleus of future warfare.
It should be clear that a strong consensus exists in the Russian foreign and defence policy community that views the ‘near abroad’, or ‘post-Soviet geo-political space’, as a Russian sphere of influence.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 a new fear emerged: that of Central Asia as a key link in a Muslim fundamentalist ‘arc of instability’ stretching from North Africa to western China. Once again, reality was brushed aside in favour of sensationalist theory.