Presidential Succession

Constitution, Congress and National SecurityJohn Wohlstetter

Presidential Succession traces the history from the 1787 founding of the American constitutional republic to the present. It covers the relevant provisions of the Constitution, associated laws, and how they worked in practice. It also traces the history of presidential protection, with special emphasis on the evolving role of the Secret Service, plus sections on continuity of government and mass casualty events. The author offers conclusions and recommendations for addressing unresolved problems.

John Wohlstetter

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute (beg. 2001) and the Gold Institute for International Strategy (beg. 2021). His primary areas of expertise are national security and foreign policy, and the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is author of Sleepwalking With The Bomb (2nd ed. 2014), and The Long War Ahead and The Short War Upon Us (2008). He was founder and editor of the issues blog Letter From The Capitol (2005-2015). His articles have been published by The American Spectator, National Review Online, Wall Street Journal, Human Events, Daily Caller, PJ Media, Washington Times and others. He is an amateur concert pianist, residing in Charleston, South Carolina.