A Washington Post article by Ann Scott Tyson describes how the military is preparing for the upcoming transition. Following are some excerpts from the article:
“The military’s primary focus during the transition is twofold: to heighten preparations for a crisis requiring military force, and to anticipate and advise the incoming administration on likely new directions in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said. . . .
“The Joint Staff transition team — with input from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy chiefs and regional military commanders — is now focused mainly on preparing the briefings that Mullen will use to advise the incoming president and the presumptive defense secretary. . . .
“After the Nov. 4 elections, the team will facilitate [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael] Mullen’s top-level briefings while starting immediately to instruct new senior administration officials on how to run the military. . . .
“Mullen has asked the transition team, led by Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., to anticipate and prepare for a number of changes — from whom the new administration will pick for its top defense officials to what new policies it may adopt, particularly for Iraq and Afghanistan. . . .
“The team reports to a senior Pentagon steering group set up for the transition that includes Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, and other senior military and defense leaders and is chaired by Gates’s special assistant, Robert Rangel.
“Mullen’s team will carry out exercises to show new administration officials the mechanics of handling a crisis. “We will . . . show them how you actually operate the levers of the military power of the United States,” said the official familiar with the team.”