HUFFINGTON POST
01/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush-Obama Crisis Briefings On N. Korea Nukes, Cyberattack, Terror Strike

WASHINGTON -- The White House has prepared more than a dozen contingency plans to help guide President-elect Barack Obama if an international crisis erupts in the opening days of his administration, part of an elaborate operation devised to smooth the first transition of power since Sept. 11, 2001.

The memorandums envision a variety of volatile possibilities, like a North Korean nuclear explosion, a cyberattack on American computer systems, a terrorist strike on United States facilities overseas or a fresh outbreak of instability in the Middle East, according to people briefed on them. Each then outlines options for Mr. Obama to consider.

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