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Scott Brown to advise company involved in manufacturing guns

Former senator Scott Brown has been hired as an adviser to a Florida-based company involved in manufacturing guns and gathering foreign intelligence to help clients navigate global “hot spots.”

“We’re thrilled to have someone with Scott Brown’s national stature and extensive government experience on our advisory board,” Richard J. Sullivan, the chief executive of Global Digital Solutions, Inc., said in a press release.

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Sullivan said Brown’s history as a former state and federal lawmaker, as well as his long service in the Army National Guard, will help the company with its recent acquisition of Airtronic, Inc., a small arms manufacturer based in Illinois that is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Airtronic’s products include rocket-propelled grenade launchers, machine guns, rifles and magazines. Its customers include foreign militaries and American law enforcement agencies.

Brown, who recently announced that he would not run for governor in 2014, said he was eager to advise the company.

“I see a great deal of upside potential for the GDSI and Airtronic combination and I applaud Dick Sullivan and the entire GDSI team for their bold strategic vision,” he said in a statement. “It’s vitally important to me that we’re boosting US manufacturing and security while addressing issues related to job creation, innovation and advanced cyber technology.”

Brown, a Wrentham Republican, has been expanding his private-sector résumé . A lawyer at the Boston law firm Nixon Peabody, he also appears as a commentator on Fox News and serves on the board of Kadant Inc., a Massachusetts company that provides products and services to the pulp and paper industry.

Michael Levenson can be reached at mlevenson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.
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