Government Most Dominant in Implementing Counter-Terrorist Physical Security since 9-11
Delta Implements Most Vehicle Barricade Systems at Government Facilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VALENCIA, CALIF. – August 8, 2002 – Since 9-11, the leading purchaser and implementer of vehicle barricade systems has been U.S. Federal government departments, a ranking of Delta Scientific customers discloses. Nuclear power plants, airports and universities are numbers four, seven and eight on Delta’s list. Delta defines a system as one that consists of a single pumping unit that operates one or more barricades.
“The leading buyers of counter-terrorist vehicle barrier systems since 9-11 have been the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of State and other Federal Buildings,” reports Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. “However, the Navy and State Department were already quite proactive before last September. The Navy was well into the planning stages for securing key facilities. After 9-11, they simply accelerated their program. Likewise, the Department of State has been upgrading their physical security since 1998. They have been purchasing barricade systems up to a year in advance to stage and transport barriers to their worldwide locations. This program continues to be ongoing and very well-planned.
“To quickly protect people, assets and facilities, many Federal government facilities rushed to implement our new portable barriers and barricades to immediately guard their entrances from vehicle assault. Able to be deployed in high traffic locations within only a couple of hours, these quick deployment barriers can be rapidly set-up on existing concrete or asphalt roads, level compacted soils and other hard surfaces. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. At many Federal facilities, the portable barriers are protecting employees and assets while permanent barriers are being installed.”
Federal buildings include courthouses, IRS headquarters, National Archives, Social Security Administration headquarters, Department of Commerce headquarters, FBI locations and many others.
Following nuclear power plants, Dickinson reports that the U.S. Air Force and Army rank next. According to Dickinson, Delta and the Army are now working on a large number of installations around the world. By the end of the year, the Army will have dramatically moved up the list.
“The numbers of orders from airports, colleges and universities, state capital buildings and other locations are also outstanding but still dwarfed by the massive implementations being done by the various Federal departments,” explains Dickinson. “We have added facilities and tripled our manufacturing output since last September.”
In response to a request from the Department of Defense, Dickinson cannot provide Delta’s actual number of orders. “As the DOD is all too well aware, the actual number and locations of many of our implementations could be quite helpful to some wrong people,” Dickinson emphasizes.