Securing a Seamless Presidential Transition

By Mickey Nelson

Mickey Nelson is a Senior Advisor at Command Consulting Group and a 28-year veteran of the United States Secret Service (USSS).  Most recently, Nelson served as Assistant Director of the Secret Service in the Office of Protective Operations, where he was responsible for the oversight of the Presidential, Vice Presidential, and Dignitary Protective Divisions. In 2009, Nelson was chosen by the Secretary of Homeland Security to serve as the lead federal official for coordinating incident management, overseeing resource allocation, and ensuring the seamless integration of federal support for the historic 2009 Presidential Inauguration and pre-Inauguration events. 

The recent election of a new President and Vice President of the United States marks the beginning of another transition period at the White House. In the weeks leading up to January’s Presidential Inauguration, numerous preparations will be made to ensure a smooth changeover of administrations. One critical component of this transition is ensuring the security of both the incoming and outgoing executive leadership. Transitioning this critical protection apparatus involves not only a great deal of planning and preparation but also coordination between the various organizations responsible for ensuring the security of the President of the United States.

Protecting the Incoming President

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