Sergei Ivanov, Russia's minister of defense, published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, proudly presenting achievements in strategic forces development of the last year - the mobile Topol-M missile (of course, "unmatched by world rivals") Bulava and so on.

What's interesting is that none of these systems, impressive as they may be, would really help Russia in dealing with the threats that Ivanov himself identified in the beginning of his piece:

Chief among [the threats] is interference in Russia's internal affairs by foreign states -- either directly or through structures that they support -- and the attempts of some countries, coalitions and extremist terrorist organizations to develop or gain access to weapons of mass destruction. We must also be prepared for the possibility of a violent assault on the constitutional order of some post-Soviet states and the border instability that might ensue from that. Arms and drugs trafficking and other kinds of cross-border criminal activity must be closely watched.