Retired Brigadier General Galatas: Intelligence crucial at Brazilian World Cup

Retired Brig. Gen. Ioannis Galatas recently called for human-led intelligence gathering efforts at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Galatas said that with the nature and creativity of terrorist attacks in the modern world, including the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S. and the 2004 train bombings in Madrid, Spain, collecting intelligence with qualified professionals is critical, CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter reports.

Human intelligence must be prioritized over imagery and other intelligence signals and be used proactively to counter terrorist threats at the World Cup. The chief minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Brazilian presidency is responsible for developing a response strategy in the event of an attack at the World Cup. Those decisions should be made after taking into account political, economic, psychosocial, military and scientific-technological factors, according to CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter.

Galatas also called on Brazilian special forces to collaborate with professionals who specialize in CBRNE threats to counter potential attacks at the World Cup. Public health institutions like the Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry would be called upon to quickly produce mass quantities of vaccines and medications in the event of an attack, CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter reports.

Rio de Janeiro opened a new command and control center in 2013 in anticipation of the coming Olympics. The room employs 70 operators in shifts and has the largest screen in Latin America, according to CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter.