Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Presidential Transitions and Role-Playing Exercises

Presidential Transitions and Role-playing Exercises

Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism adviser during the Obama Administration, discussed the types of role-playing exercises that incoming administration go through during presidential transitions. She describe the tabletop exercise that the Obama Administration planned during the Obama-Trump transition.

Description

Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism adviser during the Obama Administration, discussed the types of role-playing exercises that incoming administration go through during presidential transitions. She describe the tabletop exercise that the Obama Administration planned during the Obama-Trump transition.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did the Obama Administration in 2017 build upon the trainings provided by the Bush Administration in 2009?
  • How were these role-playing exercises structured?
  • What scenarios were used in 2017 during the role-playing exercise? How did the Obama Administration decide the scenarios for training?
  • How did the outgoing Obama and incoming Trump administration work together during the transition?
  • Based on this, explain the challenges that new administrations face.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Cybersecurity
    • Ebola
    • Homeland Security
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pandemic
    • Tabletop Exercise

    Topics

    Bureaucracy & RegulationCampaigns & ElectionsExecutive Branch

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity