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."
HERE to watch the video segment from the CBS Evening News.
HERE to read the Glass Association of North America's glass
informational bulletin on bullet-resistant glazing.
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