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Stephen L. Norris, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, Joins GDSI Board and Becomes Chairman and CEO of GDSI International

GDSI Wins Significant Court Victory In  Lawsuit Against former Airtronic USA CEO

Richard Feldman, Firearms Industry Expert, Joins GDSI Advisory Board

H. “Skip” Lee Named Vice President of Finance of GDSI Division, North American Custom Specialty Vehicles

GDSI Signs Midtown Partners & Company As Exclusive Investment Banking Advisor

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Joins Transition Management Team

International Financing Expert Edwin J. Wang Joins GDSI’s Growing Team of Senior Advisers

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Shipment of High-End, Mobile Command and Control Vehicle to Middle East  - Value in Excess of $1 million

 GDSI Acquires Custom Command & Control Vehicle Builder, NACS Vehicles of Melbourne, FL

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.

Cyber-based technologies, coupled with enhanced digital product development and distribution and other forward looking innovative security features presents GDSI with both significant opportunities and concomitant cost/benefit strategies. Civilian firearm enthusiasts appreciate the historical evolution of firearm design while encouraging and desiring the most modern of innovative technology for legitimate self protection and sport enjoyment. Technology cannot be avoided by protest.  Experience suggests that government mandates are counter-productive. Restraining the freedom of choice from wise individual and situational decision making when balancing of countervailing technologies is destructive on its face to the goals those technologies seek to resolve. The place to introduce and refine convergent cyber arms is within the law enforcement and military arenas long before consideration is given to introduction to the consumer marketplace- if at all.

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-based solutions and systems to commercial customers, the U.S. military and foreign allies, and U.S. government civil agencies and friendly counterparts.

Cyber-based technologies, coupled with enhanced digital product development and distribution, will be key factors in our growth plan. This model, which takes advantage of market trends, technological advances and industry consolidations to fuel profitable growth, presents a value proposition that is perfectly suited to the military armament industry, an industry that is heavily fragmented and evolving rapidly toward a RFID/WiFi-enabled technology platform.

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.”

– Richard J. Sullivan - Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

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GDSI Acquires Custom Command & Control Vehicle Builder, NACS Vehicles, Inc.

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-respected builder of security and crisis management-related specialty vehicles. Very importantly, NACSV has an established client base and a skilled management team. The company’s advanced command and control and emergency communications capabilities fit perfectly into GDSI’s global growth strategy. We’re looking forward to working together with the NACSV team in the months ahead.”

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Stephen L. Norris, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, Joins GDSI Board and will be Chairman and CEO of GDSI International

Mr. Norris is one of five co-founders of the Carlyle Group, a major merchant bank based in Washington, D.C. While at Carlyle, he participated in the acquisition, disposition, strategic focusing and financing of numerous companies involving several billion dollars of equity capital.  Today, Carlyle is one of the largest and most successful private equity firms in the world.

“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-level working relationships with essentially all of the major investment banks in the United States and in the international arena will prove to be highly beneficial as GDSI implements our global growth strategy.“

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Update: Norris Named GDSI Vice Chairman

Shipment of High-End MCC Vehicle to Sadara Announced