Granted; conflict breeds progress but it shouldn't be conflict with such high stakes.
Mr Medvedev said the primary task would be to "increase the combat readiness of [Russia's] forces, first of all our strategic nuclear forces".
Is my real problem here, there really is no justification for nuclear weapons, let alone more nuclear weapons. Not in any country. Not ever. If the UN won't allow it in Iran then why should it allow it in Russia, or anywhere else for that matter? The third world war defused itself and the current fourth world war demands less from obvious bouts of heroism.
Just because something is the easiest thing to do does not necessitate it as the best thing. If that were true then we'd stop looking for renewable energy sources and keep our over reliance on Fossil Fuels.