NATO Summit Security Greater Challenge Than London Olympics

The Nato Summit, set to be held in Newport on the 4th and 5th September, will prove a greater security challenge than the London Olympics was in 2012. Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt said that the number and profile of delegates that are attending, including US President Barrack Obama, means that security will have to be at the highest possible level. His team have used previous summits as examples of how best to approach the question of keeping 4,000 delegates and visitors secure during the event.

Venue security for London 2012 cost more than £500m, although this does not take into account any savings that were generated by G4S refunds. G4S came under heavy scrutiny for failing to meet the agreed and contracted security requirements. They refunded a large sum of the money that they were paid, but the Armed Forces had to be called in to help shore up security for the Olympic Games. The company itself struggled to recover from what many saw as a shambles, although the games went off without any major security problems and were widely regarded as having been a massive success.

Events like Olympic Games, and the upcoming World Cup, are seen as being under threat from terrorist groups, because of their global profile and the large number of people that attend. A Nato summit is a different type of event, and while it may not attract the millions of visitors that an Olympic Games attracts, it has its own security issues; not least the high profile of visiting dignitaries, and the media coverage that any successful attack would gain.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt is the man in charge of managing security for the Nato summit that will happen in Newport in September; a task that many will not envy. 4,000 heads of state, politicians, dignitaries, and officials will visit during the two day event, and while this is only a small proportion of the number of people that visited London during the Olympics, it is the profile of the visitors, and the nature of the summit itself, that makes the event a potential target.

Armitt said, in an interview with the BBC, that the scale and number of high profile visitors raises a whole new challenge for the country’s security; the kind of challenge that the country has not yet seen to date. It is 24 years since the UK last hosted a summit of this type, when the event was held in London. The nature of the discussions, which includes topics covering nuclear disarmament, human rights, and workers’ rights, means that it will also be under threat from anarchists and protestors.

The Anarchist Action Network has said that it is planning large scale protests in the city throughout the event, and this will add to the challenge that is faced by the security team. The event in Newport marks the 65th anniversary of Nato, only serving to bring the meeting even greater attention and an even higher profile.
Interesting, and having thought about it, I agree with his intsum.

Of course, the real question should be 'where do we sign up?' Afterall, if it's that big a threat, then there should be quite a bit of work in the pipe line. Or will it just go to the usual suspects?
Fortunantly this is not open to all, the Defense industry will only allow a certain amount of commercial security. It is not because the UK goes out of its way to complicate and dramatize even the most simplistic things in life such as breathing. Its because very few commerical security firms are up to the task.

If no one got their invitations last week then they will not, new blood will have to follow the normal routes through Bonn coordinators if they want to work it. If someone wants to network it they can attend at 17K or pay 25K to get into the party, or another route is as a Poli Sci major and you contact Bonn but that still does not get you into the party.

Hope to see some of you there, but I doubt it.