As the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are just over two-years away, more than 30 experts from China and the U.S. have already held discussions at a symposium entitled, "Olympic Security: Preparedness and Response," where Wang Wei, vice president of the Beijing Olympic Games Organizing Committee addressed the meeting by saying, "the event has so far entered a new stage with all works proceeding." While the total cost of the security effort for the Torino games is still being calculated, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics cost the U.S. $310 million and Beijing officials are promising the 2008 Games will be safely assured through high technology being specifically designed for the Games.
About the author: William McGuire is president and CEO of Global Security Associates, LLC. McGuire has over 15 years experience in the commercial aviation security industry and is the former vice president of Virgin Security Services of Virgin Atlantic Airlines. He is also a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) and the International Association for Counter-Terrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP). As an executive protection specialist, McGuire has implemented the security details for noted events and people from all areas of the world.