What is the Meaning of the Russian Wonder Weapon?

In mid-February and again in late March, the Associated Press circulated reports of a successful Russian test of a so-called “wonder weapon.” This “wonder weapon” is so maneuverable it renders “any missile defense useless,” according to statements by a Russian general at a news conference. These reports also claim the test was so profound that it “would dramatically change the philosophy behind development of Russia’s nuclear forces” and “take the value of any U.S. missile shield to ‘zero’…”

What is to be made of these boastful claims? It seems to us there are several possible interpretations.

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