Hardwire Armor Systems

Maryland State Police to pilot “B-Kit” Door Armor

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, June 5, 2017 – Together with Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, Hardwire, LLC announces that its Police Vehicle “B-Kit” Door Armor is being piloted by the Maryland State Police.  

Hardwire’s "B-Kit” Door Armor was originally developed as a spin-off of military technology where armor goes onto the outside of a vehicle.  For law enforcement vehicles, the lightweight armor attaches to the outside of the car door and is color-matched so the armor blends in with the existing vehicle. 

The Maryland State Police has initiated a pilot program to explore this new technology on a limited number of vehicles. 

“Recent events around the country have shown that officers need more layers of protection,” said Hardwire’s CEO, George Tunis.  “Armor buys critical time to assess a situation or survive an attack.  It saves lives.” 

Hardwire's Hard Workers Program

The Hardwire’s Hard Workers Program is done in conjunction with Pocomoke Middle School.  Each month, Hardwire recognizes one employee as its “Hardwire Hard Worker.”  Additionally, each month, Pocomoke Middle School recognizes one male and one female as the school’s “Hardwire Hard Workers”.  Each student is given a Hardwire t-shirt, gets a photo taken, and has the chance to talk to Hardwire’s leadership and employees about the importance of hard work in being successful in school and later in life.  The student recognition takes place on the 15th of each month.  February 15, 2017 was the initiation of this program.

NYPD, mayor show off bulletproof glass for patrol cars

Article taken from: amny.com


The NYPD convened Tuesday what the commissioner called a “show and tell” of bullet-resistant glass and doors to be installed on more than 3,800 patrol vehicles.

The bullet-resistant doors will be installed by the end of the year; the windows by the first half of next year, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“You saw that material, very high tech material, that absorbs the bullet and literally takes the bullet’s trajectory and uses it against it to stop it dead in its tracks,” de Blasio said inside a classroom the NYPD uses to train cops.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the need to protect cops in vehicles from gunfire was motivated by the 2014 shooting deaths of Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32 — officers who were ambushed by a mentally ill gunman as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn — and the killing the following year of Brian Moore, 25, a cop who was shot by a suspect in Queens.

Money for the remodeled training facility and the bullet-resistant windows for every NYPD patrol vehicle is in de Blasio’s draft $84.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year: $10.4 million for the windows and $275 million for the remodeling.

The plan also will modernize Rodman’s Neck, which the NYPD took over in 1960. Among other changes, the department will seek to muffle gunfire that rattles neighbors on nearby City Island.

Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) says the noise has long been a source of consternation among his constituents.

O’Neill said construction of the facility is long overdue.

“I think the same dining hall’s been up here forever. I think I remember eating meatball sandwiches back here way back in 1983,” he said. “It might even be the same meatballs.”

NYPD to install bulletproof windows in all patrol cars

Article taken from nypost.com 


Image: Chad Rachman


The de Blasio administration is planning to spend $10.4 million to outfit all NYPD patrol cars with bullet-resistant window inserts, according to City Hall officials.

The plan is expected to be announced Tuesday when Mayor de Blasio unveils an $84.7 billion preliminary fiscal 2018 budget — up 3.1 percent from last year’s $82.1 billion preliminary plan.

The NYPD began piloting the inserts in 2016, which protect the back portion of the driver and passenger-side windows.

The move followed the killing of two NYPD officers in their patrol vehicle in Brooklyn in late 2014 and the murder of officer Brian Moore in Queens while he rode in an unmarked patrol car.

In July, city officials announced they were allocating $6.8 million to outfit the NYPD’s 3,813 patrol cars with bullet-resistant panels that protect the doors but said they weren’t ready to sign off on the window inserts at the time.

Now they say they’re moving forward using asset forfeiture funds to cover the costs of putting the window panels in every vehicle, with half the money allocated in the current fiscal year and the remainder in fiscal 2018.

“This is about having the backs of our men and women in blue who, with courage and commitment, don the uniform every day to protect and serve,” said City Hall spokesman Austin Finan. “This investment is our commitment to ensuring the safety of those officers on the beat.”

At a New York Building Congress luncheon in midtown Monday, de Blasio also revealed elements of the city’s upcoming capital budget proposal.

He said it would include funding for an additional 1,300 miles of streets to be repaved in the coming fiscal year and a multi-year earmark to create 40,000 new public school seats.

Innovative ballistic protection products on display at SHOT Show 2017

Taken from Policeone.com. Full article available here.

I went to see Keith Fahl at Safariland to talk about some of the new innovations in ballistic panels. He was handing me panels and telling me the specs for each panel. Finally, he handed me a Safariland Hardwire front soft armor panel.


“That’s a Level IIIa,” Keith said. “Where?” I asked. “You’re holding it.” Startled, I dropped it.

The Safariland Hardwire panel weighs .68lbs. It’s about half as thick as similar products.

I told Keith that I had just come from Honeywell and they had shown me their vest carrier made of Centurion. He pointed to their Safariland T1 AWS (Advanced Webless System) soft armor carrier on display behind him. It’s extremely thin and very configurable.

Where was this stuff when I was on patrol?

About the author

Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer and retired military small arms trainer. He teaches criminal justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Online Teaching and Learning. Lindsey has taught shooting techniques for over a decade. His articles on firearms tactics have appeared in print for over a decade. Lindsey enjoys competing in shooting sports, running, and cycling events.

Hardwire Soft Armor is the Lightest in the World














Hardwire's new soft armor is a combination of perfectly interlaced multi-functional fibers and game-changing polymer technology. Made of Dyneema® and pressured under 25 million pounds of force at precise temperatures, hardwire turns multiple layers of material into a single system. The results are millions of fibers that once acted independently, now acting as one.

Hardwire's proprietary manufacturing technology equates to the lightest armor in the world, with unprecedented stopping power. This sets a new standard in shock dissipation physics, momentum transfer efficiency and, ultimately, ballistic properties. 

Lightest, thinnest level IIIA soft armor available outperforms the hardest steel, yet light enough to float record-breaking stopping power.



2016 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing


Hardwire, LLC recognized as Champion of Manufacturing in the State of Maryland.

George Tunis exemplifies "Increasing Growth Through Visionary Leadership" as George started Hardwire in 2000. For years, Hardwire focused on military vehicle protection, but George saw new opportunities, and expanded to protective systems for law enforcement and civilians. Hardwire was recently contracted to armor the New York Police Department vehicle fleet and make the world's lightest body armor. This growth has filtered into other local companies too. Hardwire acquired a third building in Pocomoke, expanding to 140,000square feet of manufacturing space. Hardwire employees earn an average of $77,000/year, astounding for a rural Eastern Shore community. Hardwire is a valuable community partner and growing manufacturer. 

Press Release: VPD Receives Public Safety Excellence Award



For immediate release: 11/28/2016 4:30 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – The Valdez Police Department ALICE program received the Alaska Municipal League’s annual Public Safety Award of Excellence during a November 17th ceremony.

Selected from amongst many deserving public safety programs, VPD’s ALICE active shooter program received statewide recognition during the annual Alaska Municipal League conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The AML citation reads (excerpts):

The Valdez Police Department, whose mission is to provide excellent service and protection through leadership and partnership with the community, has established itself as a leader throughout the State of Alaska in developing and implementing a community-wide initiative with local schools, businesses, corporations, city government and non-profit organizations to address a societal problem: active shooter/active killer events.

After extensive research, VPD decided to adopt an active shooter / active killer response strategy called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). This strategy was developed by Greg Krane, president and CEO of the ALICE Training Institute and is designed as a tool to increase citizen survivability during active killer incidents.

In 2014, VPD invited ALICE Training Institute personnel to Valdez and hosted a train-the-trainer course, something never before offered in Alaska. This course was attended by law enforcement and school district administrators from across the state. Following the course, several of the largest school districts in Alaska officially adopted ALICE as their response strategy.

“I have not seen so many schools statewide make the change from a passive, static response plan to a proactive, options based plan as quickly as in Alaska,” said ALICE CEO Greg Crane. “It is truly a testament to the impact and success of the training [VPD] conducted locally, that it caused other jurisdictions to want to mimic that police relationship with the community and showcase a commitment to safety.” 
Utilizing ALICE techniques in conjunction with Hardwire’s ballistic whiteboards, VPD developed a series of trainings that empowers citizens by providing options designed to increase their survivability during an active shooter / active killer event. The Valdez City School District wholeheartedly endorsed ALICE training, which is now a requirement for all staff, teachers, and administrators.

VPD has not limited training to the Valdez School District alone; they have engaged in community-wide outreach, instructing a variety of businesses, organizations, and agencies in Valdez. As a multi-faceted program, VPD also implemented the NIXLE alert system, which automatically notifies the community via text messages and emails in the event of an imminent or active threat.

“For towns and cities across the country, gun violence from active shooters has been the cause of anxiety and concern for many public leaders and government officials. But unlike most community leaders in America, the Valdez Police Department did more than debate gun control and worry on the issue. They took action to solve the problem,” said Emily W. Tunis, COO & President of Hardwire LLC. “There is no question that the team in Valdez provided the most comprehensive, wide-ranging, and organized active shooter training we have ever seen. [They are] a pioneer in Alaska and the nation for this work.”

In October 2015, VPD presented an ALICE training during the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police conference held in Anchorage, sharing resources and materials to promote citizen safety with stakeholders in attendees’ respective communities. In September 2016, VPD began discussions with University of Alaska to offer ALICE training courses as continuing education eligible for college credit. Steps are being taken to implement the program by spring semester 2017.

Mayor Ruth E. Knight and Police Chief Bart Hinkle accepted the award on behalf of the City. Former Valdez mayor and current AML board member Bert Cottle presented the award.

AML is a voluntary, non-profit, nonpartisan, statewide organization of 164 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities representing over 97 percent of Alaska’s residents. AML’s mission is to represent the unified voice of Alaska’s local governments to successfully influence state and federal decision making, build consensus and partnerships to address Alaska’s challenges, and provide training and services to strengthen Alaska’s local governments. For more information on AML, visit http://www.akml.org.

Posted November 28, 2016
Allie Ferko, Public Information Officer
City of Valdez, Alaska

Fire protection for bridges? ~ RV Catches Fire on Bridge

An RV caught fire while crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge causing a destructive blaze on the Eastbound lanes. Thankfully all the occupants managed to escape unharmed.

This is a good example of why fire protection for bridges is a smart investment.  
Hardwire Bridge Armor Solutions are designed to protect critical bridge components from the destructive heat caused by a fire like the one seen here.

See more about this fire at 6abc.com

Transformative Education: Interns at Work From Washington & Lee University

From W & L Transformative Education Feature Story 





Walker Brand '18

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Computer Science and Mathematics
Company Name: Hardwire Armor Systems
Oak Hall, VA
What attracted you to this internship? How did you learn about it?

I knew that I wanted to gain some experience in defense technology going into this summer. When Dr. Kuehner told me about a student that graduated a few years ago that was now the president of Hardwire, doing some really cool things in the defense realm, I looked into what she did and I thought it was awesome. Dr. Kuehner got me in contact with her and she ended up offering me the internship.

What gave you an edge in landing this internship?

I would say the only way I was able to land this internship was because of Dr. Kuehner. If I had not reached out to him to see if he had any connections anywhere, I would have never found Hardwire. I also think the incredible alumni connections that W&L has to offer allowed me to have a chance at this awesome internship. When I talked to Emily Tunis, the president and COO of Hardwire, she told me that her first job was given to her by an alum and that she would be delighted to be able to give another W&L student theirs some day.

Describe your daily duties.

My days were pretty up in the air, and I never really knew what exactly I'd be working on. However, my days usually consisted of collaboration with my boss on how to solve some of the day's problems; maybe a little bit of work with Solidworks, designing parts; and typically some work in the fabrication shop, assembling what I'd designed.

What are some tasks/projects you worked on?

The main project that I worked on was with the Marine Corps. We had been given the task of trying to relaminate some windows that come from armored vehicles. These windows are several layers thick with glass and while in the field, the layers of the windows have separated (delaminated) and need repair. Our job was to evaluate the windows, fix what was wrong, and make sure they were ready to go back in the field.

Have any courses and/or professors helped you prepare for this internship?Which ones?

I had to pull from what I learned in all my engineering classes, especially my CADD class with Dr. D'Alessandro. Every day, we used principles and terms that I learned in my engineering classes. While I learned a lot about engineering at Hardwire, if I hadn't come in with a solid background in engineering, I wouldn't have been able to collaborate as much as I did.

What did you hope to learn by the end of your experience?

I really hoped to learn more about the design process that goes into making armor. Hardwire does some incredible stuff like making armor for military vehicles and police cars, making bulletproof handheld whiteboards for schools, and making the lightest body armor in the world.

What was your favorite part or perk of the internship?

Being in a place with so much technology and brain power is an awesome experience. With all the cool gadgets and armor all around the place, it is like walking in a candy store. Also, I was fortunate enough to be able to work the gun tunnel one day, and that was sweet. I got to pack the ammunition, load of different arrangements of armor to test, and actually shoot the armor.

What did you learn from living in the city where the internship was located?

I lived in Oak Hall, Virginia this summer, which is not much of a city. However, I learned a lot outside of work. Some of the biggest things I learned while living in Oak Hall, where I didn't know many people and where there really aren't many people, is how to enjoy a simple life and make do with what I have. In such a rural place, there aren't a lot of big city amenities, and the internet is really spotty. It was actually a great blessing to be able to tune out of the chaos of a wifi-engrossed world for a little bit.

What key takeaways/skills do you bring back to W&L?

I learned a lot about engineering, but more importantly, I learned how to collaborate with people better and to analyze problems more thoroughly. My boss was a very smart man and he did a good job of considering every aspect of a problem before trying to figure out a solution. I was able to spend a lot of time collaborating with him on many different projects this summer, giving me lots of good experience.

What advice would you give to students interested in a position like this?

For a student interested in doing anything over the summer, whether it is engineering-related or not, I would recommend they seek out their advisor or check out Colonnade Connections. We are so fortunate to have such knowledgeable and helpful advisors here at W&L mixed with such a wealth of resources. If there is something you want to do, research it, ask about it, and go for it.

Has this experience influenced your career aspirations? How so?

My experience definitely influenced my career aspirations. Going into this summer, I knew I wanted to do something defense-related, and now I know that I really enjoy working in the defense industry. I would even venture as far to say that I will probably do something similar next summer.

Describe your experience in a single word.


Spinal Fusion: Scott's Story From Johns Hopkins Patient Stories

From John Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Patient Stories

On a gorgeous summer day, Scott Kendall went out surfing—just as he’d always done when the opportunity presented itself. While catching a wave, Scott was knocked down and immediately felt tremendous pain. He knew he needed to get to a hospital. On arrival, Scott was told he had broken his neck, and, while lying in wait for the doctor, he realized that he’d lost almost complete use of his right arm. The doctor told him that his injury was serious. Scott immediately feared that he’d never be able to surf again.
But Scott regained hope after being referred to Johns Hopkins orthopaedic spine surgeon Lee Riley. Scott’s friend and boss George Tunis had himself undergone spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Riley in 2001, following a similar injury, with a good outcome.
Scott shares his story about what it was like undergoing spinal fusion surgery with the Orthopaedic Spine Surgery team at Johns Hopkins Hospital and how he is now back enjoying his active lifestyle in Ocean City, Maryland—with the full use of his right arm and successful recovery.

Hardwire Introduces Bulletproof Whiteboard Training Video

This short instructional video is led by Hardwire founder and CEO George Tunis, and company president Emily Tunis. They'll walk you through the basics of our company and the Dyneema material comprising the armor, and how to handle yourself offensively and defensively in an active shooter situation.

Active shooter training includes Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards

Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards are featured in the city of Valdez Alaska active shooter training video. The VPD ALICE is a promotional developed by Seed Media for the Valdez Police Department

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