Obsidian Successfully Delivers National Level Exercise 2012

Washington, D.C. – Obsidian Analysis, Inc. (www.obsidiandc.com) successfully delivered the full series of National Level Exercise (NLE) 2012, culminating in yesterday’s completion of Exercise #4/EAGLE HORIZON 2012, the continuity of operations full-scale exercise. Exercise #4 marked the end of the NLE 2012 exercise series, which was comprised of four distinct cyber exercises over the past four months

Obsidian and its team of subcontractors and subject-matter experts provided the full range of support for all NLE 2012 functions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Exercise Division.

“Obsidian is very proud to have delivered what has proven to be the largest cybersecurity exercise ever conducted in this country,” remarked Dr. Kevin O’Prey, Obsidian’s president. “We are especially proud to have been the only certified small business to have been entrusted with this high-profile and critical program. NLE 2012 was the first National Level Exercise to address cybersecurity and the first to have a small business as the prime contractor.”

NLE 2012 drew the participation of over three dozen Federal departments and agencies, ten states and territories, scores of private sector companies, and four international partners in the Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The scenario for NLE 2012 involved a coordinated, multi-level cyber campaign against the United States’ critical infrastructure and government computer networks. The exercise tested the Nation’s ability to organize, coordinate, and respond to both the physical and electronic effects of the attacks at all levels of government.

The NLE Capstone Exercise, conducted in early June, was highlighted by the participation of President Obama and his cabinet. (See http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/19/op-ed-president-obama-taking-cyberattack-threat-seriously).

“One of the lasting benefits of this NLE will be the enhanced attention that it brought to the cybersecurity challenge,” remarked Matthew Travis, the NLE 2012 exercise team program manager and Obsidian executive vice president. “This exercise forced government officials to get familiar with new cyber plans and procedures. And it also fostered unprecedented collaboration with private sector corporations, who played a key role in the design and planning of NLE 2012.”

Obsidian will continue to lead the planning and conduct of the NLE 2012 After-Action Meeting and the NLE 2012 National Lessons Learned Meeting, both of which are scheduled for this fall.

About Obsidian Analysis
Obsidian Analysis, Inc. is a Washington, D.C-based small business that provides high-quality analytical, policy, and exercise services to decision-makers across the homeland security and national security communities. Obsidian was founded by Dr. Kevin P. O’Prey and Matthew Travis. For more information visit: www.obsidiandc.com