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Posted by Mark Testoni, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

All of us recall where we were 13 years ago today. A once-in-a-generation set of events that changed our world and continues to influence it today. When we simply say "9/11," it creates a unifying meaning we all understand.

Vivid images — airplanes impacting into buildings, national icons from the New York skyline tumbling, and the Pentagon engulfed in flames. Then the U.S. and eventually the Western world's air transportation systems being completely shut down.

For one of those rare moments in our history, many of us felt our nation's security was directly threatened. What would tomorrow bring?

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Posted by Mark Testoni, August 5, 2014

The New Battleground for Veterans

Did you know?

  • "There are 21.1 to 21.8 million veterans in America, and we are going to shed an average of 250,000 service members each year."
    — Fred Wellman, Chief Executive Office and Founder, ScoutComms
  • "Fifty-eight percent of all post 9/11 veterans are likely to be unemployed compared to their counterparts. For women, Eighty-nine percent of vets are more likely to be unemployed."
    — Mike Haynie, Executive Director, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
  • "Seventy percent of post-9/11 veterans filing unemployment claims came from only three military occupational specialties."
    — Mike Haynie, Executive Director, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
  • "There are twenty-two veterans that commit suicide everyday. Twenty-two a day!"
    — Montel Williams, Former Host of the Montel Williams Show, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy Veteran
  • "People say the space is clogged, with what? 44,000+ organizations say they help veterans."
    — Mike Monroe, Division Administrator, Team Rubicon

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Posted by Mark Testoni, July 3, 2014

Thoughts on Independence Day

Where and to whom we are born are the ultimate lotteries. Our ancestors' decisions — and even some of our own — to migrate from another country to the USA were matters of circumstance as well as choice. Although we Americans are our own fiercest critics, and some abroad can be cynical of us, we create more innovation, jobs, and wealth than anywhere else. We take care of those who need a hand pretty well. We still represent nearly 20 percent of the global GDP, and indirectly we drive the wealth creation of much more. And we are only 238 years young!

One key to our success is our ability to let new people become citizens and give them a chance to contribute to this great nation of ours. My grandparents arrived at Ellis Island 100 years ago and settled in the neighborhoods where whole new generations from Europe, Asia, Africa, and all over the Americas—from every corner of the world—are settling today. We need to evolve our immigration models at some point to reflect the 21st century—and we will.

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Posted by Mark Testoni, June 6, 2014

70th Anniversary of D-Day - June 6, 1944

There are 3 dates in our nation's history that by mere mention conjure up feelings and memories …

  1. September 11th
  2. December 7th
  3. June 6th

Today we mark the 70th anniversary one of the largest amphibious assault in the history of the world. It was the kickoff of ‘Operation Overlord,' the Allies principal approach to liberating Western Europe from 4 years of control by Nazi Germany.

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Posted by Mark Testoni, June 2, 2014

Economics of National Security

In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. In the early 1990s, it became fashionable to discuss a concept called 'The Peace Dividend'. A 'few' things interrupted the U.S. enjoying such a wind down:

  • Bosnian/Serbian conflict
  • 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Inability to rapidly shift defense acquisition priorities to meet new threats
  • Emergence of China
  • The "flat world"

However, our friends in Europe and much of the rest of the world realized more of this peace dividend than the U.S.

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The Haystack Blog is where SAP NS2 President and Chief Executive Mark Testoni shares his perspectives on how to advance the national security mission through I.T. innovation. The name comes from his observation that in the 21st century, "We seem to be collecting more and more haystacks in which intelligence needles must be found."

SAP NS2 President and Chief Executive Mark Testoni
Mark Testoni
President and Chief Executive of SAP NS2