Austin-based security firm closely watching early days of Trump administration

President-elect Donald Trump waves to his supporters after giving his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A pressing concern for President-Elect Donald Trump is who will become his top advisers.

Some names are already circling for top posts in Washington, D.C. and in Texas. Austin-based security firm, Stratfor, is closely watching the early days of how Trump sets up his administration.

“The world is on fire with many different issues,” said Stratfor Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton.

Trump is heading into a White House that is facing growing conflicts with Russia. The continued problems in Syria and Afghanistan will also be a concern for the next president. He will also face the constant threat of cyber attacks from hackers at home and abroad.

Who will advise him?

Experts say Trump is considering top posts for those who stood by him during his campaign. The list includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In the last few weeks, Trump has been involved intricate intelligence briefings with top security advisers and aides in Washington, D.C., Burton said. Burton said the next month will be critical for a smooth transition.

“Once we have a better idea as to who’s going to be the Secretary of State. Who’s going to be the Secretary of Defense. Then you can start looking at potential foreign policy shifts and changes,” said Burton. “You have to give the team a little time to sort that out. And, we’ll be in a much better position to evaluate that within the next 30 days.”

Another challenge new presidents, including Trump, may face: unforeseen large-scale national or global events that threaten to cut into an agenda and define a presidency. The terror attack on Sept. 11, 2001 is a prime example. President George W. Bush has recently taken office.

“You might have the good intention, but come January they are dealing with the real world,” Burton said. “From a historical perspective there is some sort of event that can overtake a presidency. You might have an agenda, but you’re quickly overwhelmed with what might transpire around the world.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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