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Wes O'Donnell

A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

For 15 years America’s Secret Nuclear Launch Codes Were “00000000”

Some say that truth is often stranger than fiction. According to a 2004 memo by Dr. Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman missile launch control officer, the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) once intentionally set the launch codes to a series of eight zeroes.

The Fourth of July: A Celebration of Freedom Around the World

We celebrate the birthday of the United States on July 4th. Many Americans will barbecue with family and friends, while others will head to the beach or the mountains. But how many of us truly contemplate the real meaning of Independence Day?

Treating PTSD in Veterans Successfully Requires Overcoming Misconceptions

One of the main misconceptions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is that all returning veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This assumption fails to fully understand the causes of PTSD and further stigmatizes those who serve in the armed forces.

New VA Report Provides Clear Line of Sight into Veteran Suicide Rates

Now, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at veteran suicide. Fortunately, we no longer have to rely on incomplete data.

Entrepreneurship Series: R.Riveter with Founders Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley

Meet the company that employs military spouses from all over the country… and also happens to make beautiful, well-crafted handbags.

Entrepreneurship Series: Inside Pop Smoke Media’s Dark Humor with CEO Dan Sharp

There is a dark comedy that pervades front-line combat troops. It is a humor that very few American civilians understand and that many of them – apart from perhaps first responders and ER doctors – would find offensive.