Where Digital Solutions Converge
Global Digital Solutions, Inc.
777 South Flagler Dr., Suite 800 West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The small arms industry of today looks surprisingly like the small arms industry of the 1950’s. Many gun companies still use machinery built early in the 20th century. They labor in a pre communications, pre robotics, pre technological revolutionary world. Modern militaries and advanced law enforcement procurement teams within the democratic communities of the world are demanding more sophisticated, more integrated and more robust weapon systems allowing scalability of force, intercommunication between field forces in their command, control and communication (c3) operations. We call this transcendent synthesis of operability and small arms technology “convergence”.
There are powerful social forces in America that challenge the appropriate mix of individual control over small arms versus state monopoly over those basic tools. The basic right to firearm ownership for Americans is now settled law after several important recent Supreme Court decisions. The debate today in America is where and how the lines shall be drawn, not “whether they exist” and it is a state by state discussion that the domestic firearm industry has increasingly played a supportive and legitimate role within. This has been an almost unique situation within the confines of the American political system. Nevertheless, no democracy questions the concept of their own existential right to maintain sophisticated small arms for domestic defense from threats internal or external enemies. That threat may be from traditional criminal targets or more dangerous terrorist operations and as world events this year sadly demonstrate, from foreign governments determined to exert territorial control by force. Diplomacy is a beautiful and enviable methodology for conflict resolution but history teaches all civilized nations and peoples that force sometimes must be met with equal or superior force for success, perhaps even for survival.
It is highly consequential in the outcome of international force driven (perceived or actual) conflicts that the distribution of modern small arms must be subject to that duly authorized civilian authorities. In the USA today exports of arms is subject to State Department, Commerce Department and Customs licensing, regulation and inspection. The corporate control of any industrial enterprise within the increasingly sophisticated small arms technology sector must be a strong adherent to the laws of their home countries and a supporter in the international community of norms imposed upon them by their lawfully constituted governments. We reserve the right to challenge particular rules and work collaboratively with those who are our allies seeking change but to always defer to the law and never our own corporate interests when conflicts arise.
Richard J. Feldman
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Global Digital Solutions’ proven acquisition and integration strategy is the linchpin to our goal of becoming a leading provider of defense technology-
In this dynamic environment, we see enormous opportunity to consolidate this market with a program of targeted acquisitions. Technological convergence is the future in this arena and we’re eager to leverage our proven history of success.
“Our excitement and confidence come from having done this before and recognizing enormous potential that we’ll be able to do it again.”
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Technological convergence is the future in the cyber/smart arms arena and we’re eager to leverage our proven history of success by helping companies that combine with us navigate the transition from analog to digital.
Key to GDSI’s technology platform will be ubiquitous wireless communication, location awareness, interoperable, brand-
Critical command and control situations will benefit from battlefield asset communications interoperability, real-
America’s intelligence, diplomatic and defense resources have for decades been deployed to every corner of the world. Today, though, more than ever, the need to understand current political, economic and financial issues and the interrelatedness of Foreign Policy, Defense Policy, Technology and Internet Policy is critical.
GDSI has assembled an advisory board comprised of today’s leaders in finance, public policy, government and military affairs. These experts will give GDSI Management critical guidance as they consider various financing and acquisition options in the months ahead, enabling the company to realize its true potential on the world stage.
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The United States has always been a world leader in harnessing the power of advanced technology and forward-
The future will belong to those who embrace the changing reality of the new, fast-
GDSI understands these factors and we have begun implementing our strategy for profitable growth with these considerations in mind. Very importantly, our strategy for growth is fully aligned with America’s economic and security-
GDSI management’s group has an impressive record of building fast-
“We see enormous growth potential for GDSI in the cyber arms industry and recognize the forces of technological convergence and consolidation that are reshaping the small arms industry. The industry is in a state of rapid transition and the seasoned GDSI team is well-
– Richard J. Sullivan -
Dick Sullivan is an entrepreneurial pioneer. In 1970, he was a founding member of the management team of Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc., which listed at $7.50 per share and was sold to Schlumberger N.V. in 1980 at $65 per share. In 2001, Sullivan received the prestigious World Economic Forum's "Award for Advanced Chip Technology" presented in Davos, Switzerland. Following the 9/11 attacks, President Bush invited Sullivan and other technology leaders to a White House breakfast to discuss the best uses of technology in combating terrorism. During Sullivan's decade-
GDSI’s growth plan represents a unique combination of experience, technological innovation and global reach. It will transform the companies with which GDSI combines in dramatic ways. GDSI Management expects to earn valuations of as much as 30X that of older-
GDSI has announced the acquisition of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles, LLC (NACSV). Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, NACSV is a leading builder of mobile command/communications and specialty vehicles for emergency management, first responders, national security and law enforcement operations.
In 2013, NACSV generated revenue of $6.2 million and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) of $1.06 million and has an expected revenue run rate of between $12 million and $14 million and expected EBITDA of between $2.1 million and $2.4 million by December 31, 2014.
“We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of NACSV,” said GDSI’s President and CEO Richard J. Sullivan. “NACSV is a well-
Mr. Norris is one of five co-
“The entire GDSI team is thrilled that Steve Norris has joined our board of directors and that he will serve as Chairman and CEO of GDSI International,” said Richard J. Sullivan, GDSI’s President and CEO. “Steve’s senior-