SOURCE: American Defense Systems, Inc.

American Defense Systems, Inc.

March 16, 2010 16:05 ET

Former FDNY Commissioner, Thomas Von Essen, Joins ADSI's Advisory Board

HICKSVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - American Defense Systems, Inc. ("ADSI") (NYSE Amex: EAG), a leading provider of advanced transparent and opaque armor, architectural hardening, and security products for Defense and Homeland Security, has appointed Thomas Von Essen to the company's advisory board. Von Essen was formerly the Commissioner of the Fire Department, City of New York ("FDNY") and was the senior campaign advisor for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Tom's breadth of knowledge, experience, and achievements join our advisory board to help guide us through and expand upon the many opportunities available to us, particularly in the arena of public safety," said ADSI's Chief Executive Officer, Anthony J. Piscitelli.

Thomas Von Essen's career is highlighted by a number of esteemed appointments and achievements. After serving in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, and then as a New York City firefighter for 15 years, he was elected in 1993 as the President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, representing the department's firefighters. He served in this post until he was appointed as the 30th Commissioner of the FDNY by Mayor Giuliani on April 15, 1996, and served until the end of the Giuliani Administration on December 31, 2001, nearly four months following the September 11 attacks.

In addition to serving as Giuliani's presidential advisor, Tom Von Essen was formerly a senior vice-president at Giuliani Partners and chief executive officer of Giuliani-Von Essen LLC. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the FDNY Foundation, an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and is a Director of Rolf Jensen Associates, Inc., a leading fire protection consulting firm. He is a noted author and speaker, and holds a number of honors and awards for his exemplary service, including an honorary Commander of the Royal Order of the British Empire (CBE) bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

About American Defense Systems, Inc.

American Defense Systems, Inc. offers advanced solutions in the design, fabrication, and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems for use by military, law enforcement, homeland defense, and corporate customers. ADSI engineers also specialize in developing innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing security applications for mobile and fixed infrastructure physical security. For more information about American Defense Systems, Inc., go to

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