Who We Are

Obera is a Veterans Administration Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and its Quality Management System is registered under ISO9001:2015.

We maintain current Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) registration as an exporter and broker.  Our accounting system is approved by the Defense Contract Audit Agency and enables Obera to perform Cost-Reimbursable as well as Time & Material and other USG contracts.

Delivering innovative solutions in remote and austere locations, Obera supports capacity-building, security assistance, sustainment operations, and other international initiatives to enhance security and improve lives for people around the world.

In broad mission goals there is clarity: to properly train and integrate mission-essential solutions, strengthen host nations’ capacity for drug interdiction, to bring power to a remote community, to enhance peace keeping operations.  Objectives may be easily understood, however solutions themselves are often complex and require a partner with local knowledge and experience in delivering logistics, systems development, sustainment operations, and training services in a client’s area of operations.

Our History

Founded in 2003, Obera specializes in four lines of business – Supply Chain Management, Security Assistance, Sustainment Operations, and Information Management – and provides government and commercial customers the local and international expertise and functional support needed to accomplish security assistance and capacity-building missions in challenging environments around the globe.

We have proven past performance supporting Department of State, Department of Defense (DTRA, CENTCOM, SOUTHCOM, AFRICOM, NORTHCOM), USAID, partner nations, and commercial companies internationally. Our team prides itself on delivering cost-effective solutions based on best practices refined over decades of military and corporate leadership experience. Based in Herndon, Virginia, Obera maintains branch offices in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso supporting our West Africa Operations and Bogota, Colombia supporting our SOUTHCOM AoR operations.  We have operational experience in over 60 countries.

Why Obera?


Our Experience

Over a decade of operational experience supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), Foreign Government and Nations, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), and critical infrastructure industries


Our Knowledge

In-depth, technical expertise that is augmented by our intimate knowledge of communications and information technology services


Our Network

Global partner network and vast resource capability—serving customers in 46 nations


Our Capabilities

World-class facilities and on-site training which support a broad range of standardized and custom training programs

Our Purpose

To support U.S. Government partner nation capacity building by providing services and technology to drive operational efficiency for both U.S. agencies and partner nations.

Our Values

  • We are customer-centric. We partner with our customers to ensure mission success and spend the extra time necessary to develop insightful solutions that exceed their expectations.
  • We settle for nothing less than excellence in execution. We demonstrate agility, flexibility and responsiveness on a daily basis. We quickly recognize and correct deficiencies.
  • We care for each other. We hire great people and then train, mentor, trust and allow them to be successful and grow with our company.
  • We continuously improve and proactively search for ways and technologies to “do it better”.
  • We strive for 100% transparency with customers, partners and employees.

Years in Business

Countries Served


John Richardson

John Richardson


Keith A. Dotts

Keith A. Dotts


John L. Wilkinson

John L. Wilkinson


Board Member

Stephen E. Ockenden

Stephen E. Ockenden


Board Member

Past Performance

Obera’s global reach and rapid response ensures mission readiness to the USG and its partner nation agencies. Obera is distinguished by its:

  • Rapid global response capability
  • Extensive global reach and worldwide experience
  • Quality focus and process-oriented approach
  • Agility and flexibility

Community Involvement

Service Beyond the Contract

Obera Proudly supports the following organizations with people-power, funding or both: