David Brinkley

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Biography

David brings twenty years of experience executing over $1bn in strategic transactions for middle market firms in the aerospace, defense and government sectors. 

David is widely recognized for his industry expertise, which encompasses intelligence and national security activities and applied advanced technologies. In addition, David holds unique security credentials that enable him to advise on the most sensitive government transactions. David also serves as a subject matter expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on matters pertaining to the financial health of the US defense industrial base and on Pentagon-sponsored technology investments.

Prior to joining Capstone Headwaters, David founded Castellum Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank providing advisory services to middle market firms engaged in the national security sector. Castellum Capital served as exclusive financial advisor on several high profile transactions, including large scale corporate divestitures and niche intelligence acquisitions. Prior to founding Castellum Capital, David served as Managing Director of Aronson Capital Partners, where he managed the firm’s buy and sell-side investment banking engagements. While at Aronson Capital, David completed transactions featuring prominent government services and technology firms active in international security, intelligence, and defense, with publicly-traded firms based both in the US and internationally, and with leading private equity sponsors. 

Education

Columbia University - MBA - Finance

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service - BS - International Relations

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 63 Registered Uniform Securities Agent

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

Industry Coverage

Increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, coupled with the widespread adoption of cloud computing and internet of things (IoT) technology, has fueled demand for effective cybersecurity solutions.Read more

Capstone Headwaters’ Q1 Cybersecurity Coverage Report discusses the continued growth of the Cybersecurity industry driven by increased cyber threats and the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.  Download our report for the most up-to-date information on Cybersecurity M&A activity, public company performance, financing activity and market outlooks.Read more

Last year the aerospace, defense, government and security sectors saw steady Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activity, with a focus on transactions in technology, the aftermarket, and combinations which create leaders in specific defense segments. Our 2019 ADGS Mergers & Acquisitions Update provides a wealth of sector M&A transaction data.Read more