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USGNN Original StoryThe World Watches Inauguration Through Bullet-Resistant Glass

During today's inauguration of President Barack Obama, professionals in the glass industry may find themselves looking at something the rest of the world is looking through: the bullet-resistant glass barrier protecting the new president.

There's not much that Roger Ward, vice president of marketing and investor relations of American Defense Systems Inc. (ADSI) in Hicksville, N.Y., can share about the glass that the company-a specialist in the design, fabrication and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtainwall systems for use by military, law enforcement and corporate customers-supplied to protect the new president during today's inauguration, and for obvious reasons.

"The thickness of the glass is deemed classified by the government. I can say that there is more than one interlayer, but cannot divulge how many in total," Ward says. "We also cannot divulge anything on the makeup of the glass itself."

The suppliers of the interlayer and glass will remain known only to the manufacturer and fabricator, to prevent potential security risks. With regard to testing, Ward can only comment, "ADSI employs the most stringent ballistic testing." However, during the taping of a news segment for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," several lites of ADSI's protective glass were shot, including approximately 80 rounds at the company's portable transparent ballistic shield.

This isn't the first time that ADSI's protective product has been used to secure a president. "We also provided the protection for President Bush at the 2005 inauguration," Ward recalls.

But the honor does not grow old.

"All of us here at ADSI could not be more proud to play a role in this historic event," Ward says. "It is truly a testimony to the dedicated effort by our entire team to protect this nation's Commander In Chief."

CLICK HERE to watch the video segment from the CBS Evening News.

CLICK HERE to read the Glass Association of North America's glass informational bulletin on bullet-resistant glazing.

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