What Moscow has successfully done is refine old and new techniques to a higher level, and to employ them in a wider range of ways.
It is a dynamic that brings with it some very real dangers, not least of accidental conflict.
This over-blown attention to armament took many by surprise, especially that Russia's economy is still "developing" and its national currency, the ruble, has lost 40 per cent of its value since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"It has always been like this in our history: once Russian Federation becomes a powerful and strong state, our partners begin to panic and attempt to hinder the country's development".
James and Ash said that, for all the condemnation and outrage against Putin, it's hard to see what can be done to Russian Federation.
"We know that he was considered a traitor by Russian Federation".
Double agent Sergei Skripal
Since then, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has deployed battle groups to Eastern Europe and the Baltic States (in case Moscow wants to try out the techniques it used in Ukraine against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members).
In some ways, this resembles the Cold War, but it is in many respects a much more dynamic confrontation. Russian money has been essential to the success of many Western businesses, possibly including those of President Donald Trump.
"[The U. S.] has included all at once in a list, named all enemies".
During a wide ranging and extensive address, mostly with respect to Russian internal affairs and domestic issues, the Russian leader unveiled in dramatic fashion the next generation of the country's nuclear missiles, embracing cutting edge hypersonic technology.
"It is just a way of competition, an illegitimate one, an unfair one, but it is just the way it is".
Peter Apps is Reuters' global affairs columnist, writing on worldwide affairs, globalisation, conflict and other issues.More news: Louis Oosthuizen grabs lead at WGC-Mexico Championship with seven-under 64