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2010 Olympics & Paralympics Games Security Committee. Challenges and Lessons Learned: Bi-National / Joint / Combined Integrated Operations in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics . Maj Gen Timothy J. Lowenberg The Adjutant General Director, Washington Military Department

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2010 Olympics & Paralympics Games Security Committee

Challenges and Lessons Learned:

Bi-National / Joint / Combined Integrated Operations in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Maj Gen Timothy J. Lowenberg

The Adjutant General

Director, Washington Military Department

WA State Homeland Security Advisor

challenges and lessons learned briefing overview
Challenges and Lessons Learned: Briefing Overview
  • Area of Operations
  • 2010 Olympics Security Committee
  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Olympics Coordination Center
  • Training and Exercise Challenges
  • Milestones
  • Key Lessons Learned

Communications and Staffing Nodes

Whistler Admin Office

DSS, FBI, ConGen







DSS (2), FBI (2)










(and at HMS Discovery)

Coast Guard

2010 olympics security committee
2010 Olympics Security Committee
  • Formed by the State of Washington in 2004
  • FBI SAC invited to join TAG as Co-Chair
  • Committee has met quarterly since April 2005 and will continue meeting through CY2010
  • 300 active participants representing more than 40 U.S. and Canadian federal, state / provincial, local, tribal and private sector entities

2010 Olympics Security Committee

  • Co-Chairs: MG Timothy J. Lowenberg –WA Military Department
  • SAC Laura Laughlin – FBI, Seattle
  • (*Mark Beaty, CBP - Federal Coordinator)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Emergency Management and National Security Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
  • Canadian Forces
  • Canadian Coast Guard - Pacific
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Office of Emergency Communications (DHS)
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection (DHS)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS)
  • U.S. Secret Service (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS)
  • U.S. Transportation Security Agency (DHS)
  • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DHS)
  • U.S. Federal Highways Administration
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Agency
  • United States Coast Guard (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

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2010 Olympics Security Committee

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (ATF)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Governor’s Office (Policy Office, Communications Director, OFM)
  • Washington National Guard (Western Air Defense Sector, JFHQ, DCSIM and USPFO)
  • Washington Military Department – All Divisions
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
  • Washington State Emergency Management Association
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Blaine Police Department
  • Port of Seattle Police Department
  • Bellingham Fire and Police Departments
  • Sumas Police Department
  • King County DEM
  • Pierce County DEM
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • PNWER – Pacific NW Economic Region
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest Private Sector Representatives

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2009 2010 international athletic events
2009-2010 International Athletic Events
  • 2009 World Police and Fire Games (Jul 31-Aug 9, 2009) Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2010 Winter Olympics (Feb 12-28, 2010) Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2010 Winter Paralympics (Mar 12-21, 2010) Vancouver, B. C.

2010 Olympics Security Committee Strategic Partnership Focus


“What We Do”

Synchronize federal, tribal, state, local and Canadian Security Partners to provide a safe, secure Washington State and northern border region in conjunction with the

2009 World Police & Fire Games and 2010 Olympics & Paralympics Games.


“The Future – the Ideal Preferred Future”

“Good Neighbors” -Safe and secure 2009 World Police & Fire Games and 2010 Olympics & Paralympics Games

  • Goals
  • End results/outcomes that the 2010 Olympics Security Committee wants to achieve in support of both the 2009 World Police & Fire Games and 2010 Olympics & Paralympics Games
  • Unity of Effort - Focused Federal, State, Local Security Support
  • Facilitate Cross-Border Traveler Movement – Safe and Secure
  • Ensure Communications Interoperability between Canada and the United States
  • Effective Bi-National Mutual Aid SOPs, Training, Exercises & Strong Enduring Security Partnerships
  • Consolidated Security Emergency Operations Center for U.S. Based Security Response Efforts

Objectives – Security Mission Essential Task List

Specific short term results that must be accomplished to in order to achieve the end goal/outcome.

Action Plans (Each Work Group & Consolidated Security Committee)

How to accomplish the objectives in support of our goals. Action Plan (Who does what by when…)

Specific – Measurable – Accountable - Results Oriented - Time Oriented


2010 Olympics Security Committee

Federal, State & Local Work Groups

Planning Structure Co-Leads

Planning Lead

Greg Miller - WSP

Committee Coordination & Planning:

Bob Dermann – WMD (Coordinator)

Don Hurst, Jr - WMD

Paul McNeil – EMD (EOC)

Mark Beaty – DHS (Federal Coordinator)

Public Information

Robert Calkins – WSP

Rob Harper – EMD

Mike Milne - CBP



= State Agency

= Federal Agency

= Local Agency

Communication Interoperability

Charles Radabaugh – FBI

Robert Schwent - WSP


Jeff Parks – WCSO

Rich Wiley- WSP


Lila Kirkeby – WSP

Amanda Bibler – CBP


Tim Braniff – WSP

Marty Prewett – FBI


Laura Vander Meer - MIL

Brian Shawler CBP Air



Doug Dahl – WCSO

Marty Knorr – WSP

Training & Exercises

Ron Weaver – MIL

Pat Massey – FEMA

Lit Dudley-EMD

Public Safety -



Admin Svcs.

Mutual Aid

Resource Mgmt.







Resource Planning

Transportation - John Himmel- DOT

WCSO – Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office

WSP – Washington State Patrol

EMD – Emergency Management Division

CBP – Customs and Border Protection

CBP Air & Marine – Division within CBP (Bellingham)

DOT – Washington Department of Transportation

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

MIL – Washington Military Department





the state federal partnership
The State-Federal Partnership
  • Web-based secure information sharing portal established to facilitate “real time” collaboration
  • WA delegation secured amendments to 2007/08/09 HLS Appropriations bills requiring reports to Congress
  • WA State committed $3M GFS for interoperable communications infrastructure enhancements and allocated $10M in PSIC funds through the state SIEC
  • FY09 Commerce Omnibus bill provided another $500K for Integrated Wireless Network (IWN) enhancements
  • FY09 HLS Appropriations bill included $4.5M for an Olympics Coordination Center (OCC) in Bellingham, WA and for federal / state / local training and exercising

FY 2009 HLS Appropriations Bill

“$4,500,000 for a Joint Information and Intelligence Fusion Center in Bellingham, Washington, of which more than $2,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 2010, and of which up to $500,000 may be used for security training and exercises in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.”

Washington State Congressional Delegation Amendment

(Senator Murray and Congressman Larsen)


CBP Hangar

International Runway

National Guard Armory

2010 Olympics Coordination Center

CBP Air & Marine

Washington State Patrol & WA Dept of Transportation

2010 Olympics Coordination Center (OCC)

Bellingham International Airport – Washington


Olympics Coordination Center

The OCC is located near the Bellingham International Airport, 20 miles south of the port of entry at Blaine, WA and 85 miles north of Seattle.

The OCC is a newly-constructed facility built within a leased warehouse. It measures approximately 18,000 square feet and incorporates a secure INTELIGENCE Coordination Center, conference space, briefing areas and indoor parking.

An open “Bullpen” area contains nine (9) PODS supporting 54 work stations, each served by voice and data outlets.

The OCC telecommunications systems support up to 3,500 stations and 300 VOIP. To assure continued Internet access, redundant Internet systems provide for automatic service transfer.

Electrical service is supported by back-up generator power.


2010 Olympics Coordination Center

Bellingham International Airport – Washington

VTC/Conference Room

Intelligence Operations Center (IOC)

Intelligence Operations Center (IOC) Briefing & Secure Conf Rooms

Conference Room



Indoor Parking

2010 OCC Functional POD Locations



Whatcom County/City of Bellingham (Local Responders)

2010 OCC Entrance



2010 Olympics Security Committee Training & Exercise Milestones

Sep Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Nov 09



Winter Games

Feb 2010

Planning Workshop

Nov 4 & Operations Workshop Nov 19



Feb 10

2010 OCC


July 29

Exercise IPC (Workshop)

Sep 23

Police-Fire Games

31 Jul – 9 Aug 09

Public Health Workshop

Bellingham Feb 26

Intelligence- Interoperability Tabletop

Sep 25

Gold IPC – 10-12 Mar 09

Gold Writing Board – 7-18 Sep 09

Gold MPC – 5-7 May 09

Gold FPC – 1-2 Oct 09

Silver Writing Board – 1-12 Nov 08

Silver FPC – 5-7 Nov 08

Canadian Exercise = Series


Nov 10-14


Feb 9-13


2-6 Nov 2009

training and exercise challenges
Training and Exercise Challenges
  • Funding for state & local participation in multi-agency training and exercises.
  • Integrating the unique but complementary mission sets of intelligence, law enforcement, transportation, emergency management and public / private health.
  • Large Number of Agencies – made it a challenge to define and coordinate / synchronize interagency roles and responsibilities.
  • Bi-National Area of Operations – added complexity re: different systems, authorities and conventions; the need to clarify who was “supported” and who was “supporting”; and issues regarding what could be done, by whom and under what circumstances.
  • Varying Degrees of Knowledge / Experience with NIMs – required that basic NIMS instruction be incorporated in all phases of planning, training and exercises.
  • Agency Representation –continuity of assigned personnel.
  • Communications and Decision-Making –effectively coordinating the large number of agencies, professional disciplines and institutional cultures.
  • Adequate Facilities – a lack of existing support facilities made engagement with congressional members critically important.
  • Collective Planning and Overhead / De-Centralized Funding - aside from funding for build-out of the OCC, the entire integrated operation was conceived, planned and executed on a “pay to play” basis – a true coalition of the willing.

Key Lessons Learned – Solutions

  • Start early – laws and cross-border protocols / mutual aid agreements present challenges and opportunities that take time to align and adjust for events of national significance.
  • U.S. security arrangements for international athletic events outside the United States (even those within kilometers of the U.S. border) are led by the U.S. Department of State through the International Athletic Event Security Coordinating Group (IAESCG). Due to the large number of events each year, the IAESCG typically begins planning 12 months prior to each event. By the time the State Department became fully engaged, the WA state-hosted Security Committee had been working for four (4) years and had positively shaped the operating environment for U.S. support of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • Agencies often have a narrow “silo” approach to planning for such events. In complex events, the challenge is to think and plan collectively and to achieve unity of effort on a much larger-than-normal scale.
  • The neutral State-hosted forum facilitated engagement of federal agencies on both sides of the border. Involvement of principal Canadian officials was also important since triggering events on either side of the border would have impacted both nations.
  • Trust relationships formed through the cross border state/provincial Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Accord (PNEMA) greatly strengthened bi-national collaboration.

DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) provided timely and essential technical expertise and hands-on assistance in developing cross-border communication plans and staffing support to the Security Committee.

  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also provided essential leadership in designing, leasing, constructing and furnishing the 2010 Olympics Coordination Center (OCC).
  • The Committee’s objective from the outset was to establish relationships, procedures and, as appropriate, facilities and infrastructure that will sustain and enhance U.S. and Canadian security far beyond the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games. We achieved the hoped-for enhancements in personal and agency trust relationships. Investments in information technology and other homeland security infrastructure enhancements are also part of the enduring legacy of the Security Committee.
  • The Pacific Northwest is a vital bi-national economic region with special risks and regional infrastructure requirements. CBP has leased the OCC facility from June ‘09 – June ‘11. Shared use of the facility beyond June 2011 will serve the needs and periodic surge requirements of the U.S. Border Patrol, other federal agencies and state, city and county law enforcement, public safety and emergency management agencies.

Key Lessons Learned - Solutions


Major General Timothy J. LowenbergThe Adjutant General

Director, Washington Military Department

WA State Homeland Security Advisor

Co-Chair – 2010 Olympics Security CommitteeCamp Murray, WashingtonOffice: 253-512-8201DSN: 323-8201Cellular/24 hr voice message: 253-279-2040FAX: