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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.

‘Nadya’s War’ How Soviet Women Aviators Fought the Wehrmacht in World War II

By David E. Hubler

Contributor, In Military

I knew the only way to survive was to be ice inside, to feel absolutely nothing.

– Pilot Klavdiya Pankratova of the 586th Fighter Regiment 

In June 1941, Nazi armies surged eastward in a massive, 2,000-mile-long invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarossa. In the first week alone, Nazi warplanes destroyed more than 4,000 Red Air Force aircraft out of a fleet of 7,700 planes and along with them countless Russian pilots were killed. Continue Reading

EVENT: Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement

Event Name: Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement

Event Date – February 26-28, 2018

Event Location – Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport

Event Detail – IDGA is proud to announce the return of our 12th Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement this February 26-28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. This summit has been designed to provide the necessary dialogue to answer questions such as how assuring someone’s identity will help curtail terrorist operations and their travel, how can we ensure the security of data while sharing it with national and international partners, and more. Continue Reading

Eagles, Redskins Play on Oblivious to Pearl Harbor Attack

War came to Washington, D.C. on a cold, blustery Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941. Griffith Stadium was hosting the final professional football game of the season between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff was set for 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It was 8:30 a.m. in Hawaii, which was in a half-hour time zone in those years. The attack on Pearl Harbor began at 1:25 p.m. in Washington.

A (Very) Brief Primer on the Pacific War

The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 brought the United States fully into World War II

Veterans’ New Mission — Close the Military/Civilian Divide

Like the knights of medieval Europe or the samurai of feudal Japan, America now has a new warrior class. And it’s a serious problem because a greater understanding of today’s military would be beneficial for civilians.

Which Countries Have The Most Active Troops Abroad?

Countries all over the world send their troops overseas, whether it’s to engage in combat operations, carry out peacekeeping duties or to conduct training exercises.