Kevin O'Prey on Emerging Tech Threats

February 7

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sie Complex, Room 1150

Guest Lecturer: Kevin O'Prey

Kevin is a nationally recognized facilitator and analyst of homeland security challenges. He leads our Homeland Security Sector, helping clients achieve extraordinary results in business resilience; exercises; policy and program assessment; planning, training and experimentation; and public health assessments; with 130 experts around the country.

The Homeland Security Sector’s focus on resilience and security complements Cadmus’ broader offerings in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability, environmental security, and international development.

Kevin is the facilitator and lead developer of the Principals-Level Exercise (PLE) and the Senior Officials Exercise (SOE) series—the federal government’s premier exercises for senior homeland security officials, including Cabinet Secretaries and the President. In that capacity, he works closely with officials at all levels of government to develop, conduct, and assess the results of exercises that examine the nation’s capacity to manage catastrophic events.

In the energy sector, Kevin has designed and facilitated response and recovery exercises for a number of electrical utilities across the United states. Internationally, he has facilitated multinational conferences and exercises, including the 2016 Nuclear Security Ministerial (Apex Gold), the 2015 Nuclear Security Summit Sherpa meeting (Vilnius, Lithuania), the 2015 US-France Biodefense Bilateral Cooperation Exercise (Paris, France), and the Black Ice International Bioterrorism Response exercise (Montreux, Switzerland). In addition, Kevin directs analytical and strategic planning projects and facilitates a range of executive-level tabletop exercises and seminars for other federal departments, state and local governments, academic institutions, and international organizations as well as private sector leaders.

Kevin served as a staff member for the White House review of the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Among his projects have been path-breaking work in assessing the nation’s preparedness, cyber-security challenges, all-hazards planning, and assessment/evaluation of specific programs.

Previously, Kevin was co-founder and president of Obsidian Analysis. In that capacity, he oversaw the creation of a homeland security start-up to an enterprise of over 100 employees. Kevin earned a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. The author of several books on international security, he was formerly a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Managing Partner of the Palisades Group, and President of DFI Government Services.