Wow! What a fascinating life. David Packouz has lived such a crazy life a portion of it was worthy of a blockbuster film-“War Dogs”
This was such a great conversation with a serial entrepreneur who has gone from boom to bust and finally to normal.
David Mordechai Packouz (born February 16, 1982) is an American former arms dealer, musician, and inventor. In 2005, Mr. Paccoes joined Ephraim DiVeroli of DiVeroli’s arms company AEY Inc. By the end of 2006, the company had won 149 contracts worth approximately $10.5 million. In early 2007, AEY won a $300 million U.S. government contract to supply the Afghan Army with 100 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, millions of rounds of SVD Dragunov sniper rifles, aeronautical rockets and other ammunition. . The ammunition that AEY secured in Albania to fulfill the contract originally came from China and violated a clause in the contract between AEY and the US military that prohibited Chinese ammunition. Pakouz recognized that its products were banned and unacceptable, and contributed to the cover-up of the munitions’ origins. As a result of this contract and the propaganda around the arms dealer’s age, when AEY closed the ammunition deal, Paccoes was 25 and Diveroli was 21, prompting the U.S. Army to begin reviewing contracting procedures. Paccoes was sentenced to seven months in prison. House arrest for conspiracy to defraud the United States. He is the central subject of the 2016 Todd Phillips drama film War Dogs. Pakouz himself has a cameo in the film as a guitarist and singer in a retirement home. Packouz invented the guitar pedal drum machine BeatBuddy and is currently CEO of music technology company Singular Sound.