Former Secret Service Agent Explains How to Protect a President | Tradecraft | WIRED
10 video

WIRED: Former Secret Service Agent Explains How to Protect a President | Tradecraft | WIRED


Published on: Friday, November 29, 2019

Former Secret Service Agent Explains How to Protect a President | Tradecraft | WIRED

Former Secret Service Agent Jonathan Wackrow, now managing director at Teneo Risk, explains how the Service protects the President and other VIPs. Wackrow details the many steps required to ensure the safety of protectees, and describes how the Service has changed due to changing technology and lessons learned from historical events. Wackrow served in the Presidential Protection Division in Washington, DC, and managed numerous high-level security operations in the U.S. and abroad.

Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►►
Get more incredible stories on science and tech with our daily newsletter:

Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Tradecraft.

WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture.

Former Secret Service Agent Explains How to Protect a President | Tradecraft | WIRED


Show more


  • Vlhriata Hmar

    Vlhriata Hmar

     45 minutes ago

    Wow... What have ur president done wrong....

  • Jaydeep Das

    Jaydeep Das

     4 hours ago

    Plot Twist :
    FBI Spying on Everyone watching this video

  • Udita Singh

    Udita Singh

     4 hours ago

    I have a huge respect for Trump's and Kim's security services...

  • Victor Suciu

    Victor Suciu

     8 hours ago

    love this series. it's amazing that u guys gand bring in this specialists

  • The Ultimate Champion

    The Ultimate Champion

     11 hours ago

    This is just basic stuff explained really well. There's definitely more to it though. Especially in today's digital age.

  • Agung Adi

    Agung Adi

     14 hours ago +2

    they just need Mike Banning, that's all

  • Geehan El

    Geehan El

     15 hours ago

    I enjoyed watching every minute of this. So interesting.

  • Oka Widharta

    Oka Widharta

     16 hours ago

    But he cant maintain himself,
    He looks fat. Typcal american diet

  • Pippinm7


     18 hours ago


  • Parnit S

    Parnit S

     19 hours ago

    they saying social media helped leak the classified trip of president to Iraq in 2018 LOL as if trump himself wouldn't have tweeted about this great great trip himself lol

  • Jose Garcia

    Jose Garcia

     22 hours ago

    Skip to 9:11 Notice how the top of that building in the backround has 3 guards on top he "failed" to point out

  • Pusalieth


     23 hours ago

    11:41 Time McCarthy. Take about bravery.

  • JT Thomasson

    JT Thomasson

     1 days ago +1

    Anyone who has played COD capture the flag has this basic understanding.

  • Romans 13

    Romans 13

     1 days ago

    The secret service are the dday prep Og's. I think the best plan of action minus having a double or a cia makeup latex impersonation is to make the president harder to kill by training him in marksmanship Hand to hand combat maybe a little survival training. Tactical driving. training in operation of all terrain Vehicles like jets boats watercraft helicopters or a submarine if needed. And a quad(4 wheel vehicle) at the ready. He needs to have the best armor. Meaning stab proof and Bullet proof vest. He also needs to ve armed at all times because his last line of defense is himself. I think the president needs to be trained daily in some kind of special forces program. You teach him weapons intelligence gathering espionage gorilla warfare survival training. ect. Look at Vladimir putin. The espionage and gorilla tactics are Just incase hes out numbered or lands in hostel territory. You also need milita allys in the usa to provide a back up shelter. It's a good fail safe. Make frends with theese people they will keep you all alive. He needs antidotes to assassin drugs. Idk about ricin maybe a kembo detox and he can throw that crap up. The president should be trained like Jason Born. His weight and health shouldn't matter. We have wounded soldier combat training so weakness is not a problem. Also it would help if his security was partisan. I understand the current roll however loyalty makes you fight harder. Thank you for being good at keeping people alive. 😎

  • Hugo Sasai

    Hugo Sasai

     1 days ago


  • Sergio Alcantara

    Sergio Alcantara

     1 days ago

    This is why we’re the greatest country in the world. 💪🏼🇺🇸
    God bless America. ✊🏼

  • machopi


     1 days ago

    nice meme

  • Insta:Philippb27


     1 days ago +1

    Sorry i Dont get it, why is a President that Important? No other country is that aware of their presidents. Sounds childish but its just a human which is replaceable 👀 especially if he doesnt do his job well..

  • Bearded Bastard

    Bearded Bastard

     1 days ago

    He could have gone into more detail.. I know people will argue the NDA or "need to know" aspect of it yet this was nothing you couldn't pick up off of an 80's movie about how the Secret Service operates.

  • Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday

     1 days ago

    Fug obama