Report & Publication
May 16, 2016

Experts to Discuss the National Security Risks Facing the Next President

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, May 24, the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition will hold a discussion with national security experts on the importance of a well-planned transfer of power next year to ensure America’s safety and security.

In January, a new president will take office and instantly assume responsibility for a wide range of national security challenges, from terrorism to foreign wars to nuclear proliferation. This complex global security environment demands that the next team start preparing now, even in the midst of one of the most raucous and uncertain political seasons in recent memory.

In a conversation moderated by former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor, former Rep. Jane Harman and John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence, will discuss the national security risks facing the next president, lessons learned from past presidential transitions and how the new administration can quickly implement its policy agenda.

“Presidential transitions are a time of great risk for our nation, particularly in our post 9/11 world, and they have traditionally been rushed and chaotic,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

“Each of the remaining presidential candidates must begin preparing now to keep the country safe and secure. A lack of thorough preparation could put the nation in jeopardy,” Stier said.

WHAT: Panel discussion with experts on the national security risks facing the next president


  • Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor, President George W. Bush
  • Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
  • Ambassador John Negroponte, first director of national intelligence, President George W. Bush
  • Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service
  • Moderator: Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, Department of Defense, President Barack Obama

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m., registration)


Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Ave, NW, Suite 200 East
Washington, D.C.


MEDIA PLEASE REGISTER WITH Samantha Donaldson, 202-775-9111 or [email protected]

BACKGROUND: The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes good government starts with good people. It works to revitalize federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way government works by strengthening the civil service and systems that support it. The Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition is designed to help presidential candidates navigate the transition process, prepare political appointees to lead effectively and work with the outgoing administration to encourage a smooth transfer of power.


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