ShockWave to Hit Washington

Gen. Michael V. Hayden

The Bipartisan Policy Center announced yesterday it will host a simulated cyber attack on the United States.

The simulated attack, called Cyber ShockWave, will be held Feb. 16 and will examine how the government would work to respond to a cyber attack.

Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden and the BPC’s National Security Preparedness Group developed it in partnership with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, SMobile Systems, Southern Company and Georgetown University. The simulation will bring together a representative group of former administration and national security individuals, who will play cabinet members. They will be required to advise the “president” during the crisis and respond to the attack.

The exercise will be carried out in real time with intelligence and news reports being delivered. The debrief from the simulation will include a discussion on possible government responses in the event of an attack.

Former senior administration officials and national security experts participating include:

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff as national security adviser

Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte as secretary of state

White House Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend as secretary of homeland security

Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin as director of national intelligence

Sen. Bennett Johnston as secretary of energy

Director of the National Economic Council Stephen Friedman as secretary of treasury

Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick as attorney general

White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart as counselor to the president

General Counsel of the National Security Agency Stewart Baker as cyber coordinator

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