Since I'm seeing some confusion on this, the inauguration is always designated an NSSE event. That allows various federal agencies to provide and coordinate support (& to do so on non-reimbursable basis, which matters at agency level). Wolf is simply moving up timeline by a week.
It's significant because instead of DHS implementing some discreet preparation a week earlier or ramping up monitoring, it will set in motion literally hundred of pieces a week earlier than planned. But it's tweaking the timeline, not changing a fundamental approach.
NSSE happen routinely and usually no one outside federal and state governments notices or cares. The Super Bowl is an NSSE, for example.
This is a very sensible move. It shows that DHS believes that is a significant threat to the inauguration period it hadn't anticipated, etc. But don't overread it.

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