The Obama Administration has announced a shift in emphasis for missile defence capabilities away from Europe to the US mainland. While this could help allay Russian concerns about the NATO system, Moscow's leaders may require more confidence-building measures.
The continuing development of North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities is testing the readiness and long-term planning of South Korea's missile defences. The plans will undoubtedly be overshadowed by Chinese concerns.
Political and public debate of ballistic missile defence remains patchy and often ill-informed. A greater awareness of the evolution of it in Britain may go some way towards promoting a more balanced and considered approach to the subject.