WASHINGTON, DC – On February 9th, President of Avascent Global Advisors Stephen Ganyard, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, spoke with Martha Raddatz concerning Russian security protecting the Olympic games in Sochi. Fellow guest speakers included former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and ABC News’ Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas; the three gentlemen discussed the capabilities and readiness of Russian troops to aid athlete evacuation in the event of a terrorist attack. Ganyard voiced concerns per Russian interoperability with U.S. military evacuation procedures, citing a lack of post-attack planning.
…the Russians have put too much emphasis on prevention, and not enough on what happens if something actually happens on the ground….”–Steve GanyardRaddatz referenced two U.S. ships in the Black Sea and C-17s standing by in Germany, but Ganyard dismissed them as token forces. One of the ships, a command and control ship, is technically capable of running an evacuation. However it is not a war ship, nor do Russian security forces appear prepared to assist as would be needed, regarding lowering anti aircraft batteries, and getting U.S. security forces on the ground. “We’ve been blocked and stopped by the Russians at every attempt to coordinate any type of prior response,” Ganyard commented.
Watch the full video clip at ABC News here.