U.S., Russia discussing high-tech aid to counter Olympic terror threat
January 21st, 2014
06:33 PM ET

U.S., Russia discussing high-tech aid to counter Olympic terror threat

By Barbara Starr

Top U.S. and Russian military officials on Tuesday discussed the potential for the United States to share high-tech equipment to counter any use of improvised explosives by terrorists during the Sochi Olympics, a U.S. official told CNN.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, met in Brussels, Dempsey spokesman Col. Edward Thomas said.

"It did come up in discussions on an exploratory level. It's one of those things we have developed an expertise in," Thomas said.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the discussions said they centered around what IED detection and jamming equipment the United States might be able to offer the Russians for the Olympics. Military staff from both countries will now look at whether the technology is even compatible with Russian systems.

The development was reported earlier in the day by the New York Times.

Dempsey said, according to the Times, that the technology was “something we have become familiar with,” after more than a decade of American military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dempsey said technical experts from both countries would need to make sure the American technology could be effectively integrated into the elaborate communication networks being set up by the Russian government in support of the Games, the Times said.

“If you’re not careful, you can actually degrade capability, not enhance it,” Dempsey said, according to the paper.

Russian security forces are working to clamp down on potential threats ahead of the Games next month in the Black Sea resort. Russia has been battling a low-level Islamist insurgency in Dagestan and the North Caucasus region for more than a decade, and militants have vowed to strike at the Games.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Skorpio

    There is no need for High-Tech aid, just by interrogating the surrounding Sochi's Islamic priests and the most devout Muslims, they can detect potential threats.

    January 26, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  2. ray3d84

    Hell no. Give Snowden then maybe will talk.

    January 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  3. Jggtfhtyh Fhghgyuyjy

    the great digital profit -(N-S-A)- aka -(-N-I-G-G-E-R)– s-e-c-u-r-i-t-y–a-g-e-n-c-y–QUADRUPLE hacked ya-who –n-e-w-s– last night...taxpayer dollars hard at work...Idiots...

    January 23, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
  4. Hhfjhg Fjteyt

    that would be likely in multiples...

    January 23, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
  5. Hhfjhg Fjteyt

    Remember: the Terrorists will be letting each-other out of a jail/prison/safehouse in multiples soon...obviously...

    January 23, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
  6. Nodhel

    There is no fool proof system that can stop those people. the only way to do this is to make sure that those security companies are well vetted. because this is where one of those terrorist may show up.

    January 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  7. Jfghj Fsfhfgh

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky might understand that tech. in question is pure even if Obama is not.

    January 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • what?

      What?

      January 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  8. Random

    Good. Work together.

    January 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Reply

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