Olympic Hangover: UK in race to save economy London 2012
Britain’s military chief planner for the Olympics claims it’ll take two years for the operation of the armed forces to return to full strength. That’s after 18,000 troops had to be diverted to the Olympics to plug a security gap. The government had to draft in soldiers at the last minute, after the private firm charged with the job failed to get enough security staff ready. On top of that, the authorities demanded that ground-based air defense systems be deployed in and around London during the Games to repel terror attacks. Now that the sports fever is over, Britain’s got a lot on its hands, as Laura Smith reports.
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