Russia's aggressive resurgence on the world stage over the last decade has been accompanied by a well-publicized drive to modernize the Russian military. While there is often a fairly wide gap between hope and reality when it comes to the new military systems put into service, progress has been notable.
A key element of the militaries of the future will be unmanned systems, and in this area, Russia lags anywhere from three to 10 years behind. But analyst Samuel Bendett, an expert on Russian military systems with the Center for Naval Analyses, says that Russia is catching up fast. Bendett, a RealClearWorld contributor, catches us up on the latest leg of Russia's decade-old military modernization drive.