Black Hawk has been established to serve in a holistic mode the unique protection needs of anything valuable: human life, tangible, and intangible assets.
Black Hawk’s core business activity is the protection of structures from extreme hazards (blast, impact, ballistic and fire). This activity is supported by a specialized group of people with solid background in engineering, construction and asset management, and security administration and execution.
Current increasing concern about human life and structural preservation against extreme hazards like terrorist attacks and antipiracy measures are top priorities for asset owners, designers, government agencies and others concerned to enhance the protection of their personnel and assets.
Black Hawk provides complete protection engineering services. Such protection can be depicted (see banner figure above) as a multi-layer, softer-to-harder deterrent set of shielding measures (portrayed in shades of red), which are able to defend and minimize the risk of life-loss or asset value-degradation.
Each type of facility requires a different protection strategy. Such strategies depend on the efficient integration of many disparate factors, including cultural, political and operational modalities; policing and security laws and standards; engineering practice, innovation and guides; and the level of attention, funds and skills focused on a particular protection or issue.
Regardless of protection strategy, an efficient system needs to include the layered approach of protective measures: the “cold” protective measures offered by the State, Government, or local police authorities (over which the client has no control) need to be supplemented by the “hot” protective measures which Black Hawk develops, designs and installs.
The multi-tiered nature of protection is illustrated by the graphic presented below (figure above, shades of blue). As depicted, especially in the outer blue-tinged tiers, protection can be viewed as a filtering and winnowing down process whereby each tier or layer of protection offers opportunities for interdiction and discovery, while at the same time reducing the size and frequency of threat due to the fear of discovery and the difficulty of operating.
In contrast, protection strategies associated with a specific facility (figure above, shades of red) may include: designing blasts-resistant columns, walls, and windows; physical security measures such as anti-ram barriers, fencing, enhanced lighting, CCTVs, and secure entry-points; and operational procedures such as patrol, special response teams, neighborhood watches, and security training to provide heightened surveillance and vigilance. Protection for a building or facility does not begin at the entrance, but it is part of an overall fabric of multi-tiered, interwoven, and integrated procedures.
Protection, Implementation Process
To implement the above Protection Strategies, Black Hawk operates in the following 3-step series of predefined actions: (i) Situation and Structural Assessment, (ii) Protection System Design, (iii) System Installation (construction). The whole process (study, design and installation) is supported by a vigorous continuous research and development program. This process is described below.