While it might look like a potential traffic jam waiting to happen, every vehicle in the motorcade serves a distinct purpose. The amount of resources dedicated to moving the President of the United States from place to place by the Secret Service is staggering. With that said, the security motorcade is not unique to just diplomatic arenas. You will find scaled down versions in almost every other area of Executive Protection. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of attacks occur in and around the vehicle so the rings of protection have to extend beyond just arms length.
The day before the Presidential Inauguration I had the opportunity to sit inside “The Beast” Impressive to say the least. I remember thinking that like most things in this world, it’s not what you see on the outside that matters, but what’s hidden under the hood.
For more of the history of the vehicle protecting the sitting US President click HERE.