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NLE-09 is the new terminology for TOPOFF. National Level Exercise 09 is one that ICF International

NLE-09 is the new terminology for TOPOFF. National Level Exercise 09 is one that ICF International is supporting--as you can read below:

FAIRFAX, Va. (December 15, 2008) - ICF Consulting Services, LLC, a subsidiary of ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), announced today that it was awarded a new task order subcontract under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Exercise Division (NED). The two-year task order began in October 2008. ICF's portion is valued at $1.5 million.

Under the task order, ICF is one of several subcontractors working with prime Northrop Grumman to support National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE-09). The exercise, formerly known as TOPOFF 5, is a high-priority, national-level terrorism prevention exercise scheduled for execution in July 2009. Specifically, ICF is tasked with managing interagency working groups, developing conferences and seminars using Homeland Security Evaluation procedures, and providing specific support to FEMA Region 6 and its states. ICF will also build terrorism scenarios, execute prevention exercises, and evaluate performance following NLE-09 execution.

FEMA's National Exercise Program (NEP) is the nation's overarching homeland security exercise program. It supports organizations in achieving objective assessments of their capabilities so that strengths, and areas for improvement are identified, corrected, and shared prior to a real incident.

"Since 2003, ICF has supported DHS' infrastructure protection efforts as well as provided contract support on regional terrorism exercises," said John Weber, ICF vice president and expert in national preparedness. "We are excited about working with DHS and the Northrop Grumman team on planning and executing this national-level exercise and assisting the agency in improving its terrorism prevention strategy."