Russian seems to be planning on publicly stretching its naval muscles:
Putin Preps Russian Navy for Biggest Exercise Since the Soviet UnionJan 3, 2013
The Russian navy is about to stage its largest war exercise in a long time — possibly the largest since before the breakup of the Soviet Union. It’s a chance for President Vladimir Putin to show off his military might, of course. But the exercise may also be a subtle warning to the United States: Stay clear of waters that traditionally lie in Russia’s sphere of influence.
Putin has undertaken a major $659 billion arms buildup through 2020. On Thursday, the Defense Ministry in Moscow also announced the scale of its ongoing naval increase. By 2016, a statement noted, Russia will have 18 new warships, “and also 30 special-purpose and counter-subversion vessels,” along with six new submarines. One of these vessels, the Borei class ballistic missile sub Yuri Dolgoruky, joined the fleet this week. http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/01/russia-exercise/
Along with China, Russia will be a greater military distraction to the USA. Russia has absolutely claimed that it plans to expand and modernize its military (and not just its navy). The USA will likely conclude that Russia and China are its real international military threats (beyond Islamic-related terrorism and domestic concerns) and direct much of its military budget to deal with perceived Russian and Chinese military threats while overlooking the real threat which will further rise up in Europe.
Since USA military leaders will tend to walk by sight and not by faith (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:7), and hence not see what really is happening in the world–US military planners will focus too much on Russia and China. Thus, they will overlook the fact that the Bible shows that it will be a future European military leader that will takeover the land of the strongest fortresses, the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39).
Prophecies of both the Old and New Testament that suggest that a Russian-led Eastern force will ultimately help destroy Europe (a few years after Europe destroys the USA) per Jeremiah 50:41-43 and Isaiah 13:1-8.
But until then, the growth in Russian military might will tend to get USA defense officials to focus on fighting an adversary that will not actually be the one to bring the USA down.
Several articles of possibly related interest may include:
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Where do the Russians come from? What is prophesied for Russia? What will it do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?