articles about Olympics

17/10/2012 ForcesWatch comment

Will the Olympics normalise the military 'on the streets'?

In an article called 'Olympic Medals for the Military', Professor Michael Clarke, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute argues that the involvement of the military in the Olympics will bring in "a new relationship between the Armed Forces and the general public", in which the former appear "a normal and average part of a relaxed and self-confident British society.” Clarke notes that "The Chiefs should bottle that spirit for the difficult years to come" and that such "goodwill" will be useful in post-Afghanistan roles, which could include greater involvement in "home security".

Is normalisation of the military within everyday life a good thing? Is it the mark of a "self-confident British society" or would a better indicator of that be a far less visible presence of the military?

12/09/2012 The Guardian

Defence sources have dismissed as "political posturing" reports that soldiers will be deployed as strike-breakers.

21/08/2012 Royal United Services Institute

The involvement of the armed forces in the Olympics should not pave the way for military solutions to other civil situations.

10/07/2012 The Independent

The clear implication of today's judgment was that "the MoD now has power to militarise the private homes of any person" even when there was no war on, or state of emergency declared.

15/11/2011 the Telegraph

Missiles could be fired in London to protect the Olympic Games from terrorist attack, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, announced yesterday.

14/11/2011 British Forces News

Surface-to-air missiles could be used to protect the skies over London during the Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today as he insisted "all necessary measures" will be taken to ensure security.

04/11/2011 The Telegraph

Up to 6,000 troops could be drafted in as security guards at the 2012 Olympics in London, as officials reassess the manpower needed to cover next year's Games, it has emerged.