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National Security and Transition


May 25, 2016


From The University of Virginia’s Miller Center The First Year Project


Presidential transitions too often include an immediate test of a new administration’s national security apparatus. From the tragedies of 9-11 for a nascent Bush team to the underwear bomber threat on Christmas of President Obama’s first year, presidents do not have much time to get settled before events unfold.

The First Year Project from the Miller Center at the University of Virginia is turning a scholar’s eye on the first year of modern presidencies. The project published its second volume of papers, The Dangerous First Year. These papers take a close look at the national security challenges and offer some recommendations for the next president.

Yesterday, the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition brought together experts to examine steps the presidential candidates need to take well in advance of the election to ensure our country’s safety and security. Former Undersecretary of Defense Michéle Flournoy led a panel discussion about the national security risks facing the next president, lessons learned from past transitions and how the new administration can quickly implement its policy agenda.

The First Year Project and the Center’s panel discussion both identified the critical importance of ensuring that an experienced national security team is in place from the start and that the policy agenda is set and operational to best protect our nation.

Transition teams can find specific tools and timelines to help achieve their staffing goals and to jumpstart policy teams on the Center platform.

 


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