Title: Gold Medal Support to the Summer Games

Release Date: 2017-04-24

Document Date: 2004-09-14

Description: NSA personnel worked 24-hour watches and operations while providing support at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

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(U) Gold Medal Support to the Summer Games
FROM:
Link Access Programs (S33)
Run Date: 09/14/2004

(U//FOUO) The 2004 Summer Olympic Games were held 13-29 August 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Athletes from over 200 countries participated in the Games themselves; over 150 heads of State
or heads of government attended at least one Olympic event; and over 5 billion people watched
the Olympics on television or followed it on the Internet. The Olympic venues were located
throughout Greece, including Athens, Crete, Volos, Patra, Olympia, and Thessaloniki. Such an
important international event with a worldwide audience wrapped to their television and PCs for
two weeks presented a very tempting target for terrorists.

Athens as seen from the Acropolis
(S//SI) Well before the start of the Summer Games, NSA began supporting Intelligence
Community efforts to:
provide Force Protection/Indication and Warning of imminent, indigenous and
transnational threats to U.S. interests in the Olympic area of responsibility (AOR);
develop an awareness of the Greek Government's knowledge of threats to the Games
and or U.S. interests;
understand how countries bordering Greece were prepared to respond to a potential
attack; and,
support the U.S. Military in any operation to provide assistance to the Greek Government
and/or evacuate U.S. entities from the area.
(S//SI) To accomplish this herculean task, NSA personnel, at the heart of the action in Athens,
were working very closely with the State Department, which was responsible for providing
security for U.S. Olympic officials, judges and athletes -- at the sporting events, the Olympic
Village and aboard cruise ships in Piraeus Harbor serving as floating hotels. From the Olympic
AOR, around the world and back to the Fort, NSA personnel were manning 24-hour watches and
operations while working with Home Land Security, the FBI, NGA, CIA and DIA, as well as
EUCOM and SOCOM in support of NATO. NSA support to the 2004 Summer Games encompassed
a wide range of offices to include:
the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD),
Installations and Logistics (I&L),
Information Technology Infrastructure Services (ITIS),
Counterterrorism (CT),
International Security Issues (ISI),
Customer Relationships (S1),
the National Security Operations Center (NSOC),
Tailored Access,
Link Access,
Cryptanalysis and Exploitation (CES),
Geocell,
our Second Party partners, and many more.
(S//SI) A shining example of focused mission support to the Games was that being provided by
the Link Access Support to the Olympics (LASO) team. Comprised of subject matter experts
from the Office of Overhead (OH), Radio Frequency Operations (RFO), Special Collection Service
(SCS) and Special Source Operations (SSO), the LASO team was the focal point for everything
Olympics -- from planning to resource allocation through collection management and crisis
response -- for all Olympics security operations. LA team members supported the SID Olympics

team for more than 10 months, and were in place well before the opening ceremonies.
(S//SI) NSA/CSS Olympic operations included several major initiatives within LA spanning its
accesses: BLUE FORCE TRACKING, SCS and SSO. SCS support included the activities of US966G and two survey sites (US-969X183 and US-969X202). SSO support included deployment of
access capabilities (APRIL FLOWERS) to directly support the Olympics. LA Olympic Operations
and the LASO Team concept were just a small part of the larger corporate effort to the XXVIII
Summer Olympiad made possible with the hard work and dedication of many NSA organizations
working together to achieve a common goal -- a safe Olympics!
Olympic stadium
Parthenon





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