Join #KEM & Gary Sinise Foundation this 4th of July to Support our Warfighters, Veterans & their Families

#KEM is grateful to support the Gary Sinise Foundation this #4thofJuly to honor our warfighters, veterans, and their families.  As we head into this 4th of July Weekend, THANK YOU to all our Armed Services, Veterans & their families who do so much everyday to defend our nation and our freedom!

KEM VALUE:  CHARITABLE AND TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Please join #KEM in supporting our armed services, veterans, and their families by supporting the @GarySiniseFoundation which serves our Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.  

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A happy and safe 4th of July 2016 to you and your family from the KEM Team!  

DID YOU KNOW THAT? Interesting Fourth of July Facts  

  • Unofficially, the United States’ Independence Day is July 2 — when the Second Continental Congress made the unanimous decision to break from England. However, the actual Declaration of Independence wasn’t approved and adopted until July 4, when the Liberty Bell was rung in Philadelphia. The document also didn’t become official until Aug. 2, 1776, when most congressional delegates finally signed it.
  • It’s often thought that July 4 kicked off the fight for independence, but the Revolutionary War actually began more than a year before that on April 19, 1775, when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. That was one day after the legendary ride of Paul Revere.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — both signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became president — died on July 4, 1826, within hours of each other.
  • On July 4, 1776, there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in America. On July 4, 2014, there were about 318.4 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Census Bureau stats also show that $203.6 million worth of fireworks — a huge part of Independence Day celebrations — were imported to the U.S. from China in 2013. That same year, $4 million worth of American flags were imported; $3.9 million of them came from China.

(SOURCE: http://www.dodlive.mil/ and Defense.gov)

Capitol Hill Event: Lexington Institute Defense Acquisition Reform – 6.3.16

#KEM agrees with our strategic partners at The Lexington Institute that acquisition reform is crucial to sustaining the technological edge of America’s military. 

Learn More about #KEM Capabilities:  Acquisition Management

We don’t believe there is a single “silver bullet” that will improve or energize the process, rather it takes solid execution by the Requirements, Acquisition, Budget/Congress, and Private Sector communities all working together.  One way we work with our clients on complex programs is to help them improve their schedule and ultimately reduce their cost by executing the following:

  • Focus on compressing the drawn out requirements development process which is characterized by continual debate and changes in requirements causing ongoing delays.
  • Create a Definitive Requirements Process.
  • Coordinate disciplined execution by the Requirements, Acquisition, Budget/Congress, and Private Sector communities all working together.

If we want to improve the schedule, a focus on the requirements process is required.  The good news is that the requirements piece is the easiest one to change.

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Capitol Hill Event: Defense Acquisition Reform – 6.3.16

The Lexington Institute (@LexNextDC) conducted a Capitol Hill forum at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Friday, June 3rd to discuss defense acquisition reform opportunities.

“Acquisition reform is crucial to sustaining the technological edge of America’s military. With defense budgets capped and other nations investing heavily in new warfighting technology, the United States cannot allow its military investments to be stalled or wasted by inefficient practices.

The defense department’s Better Buying Power initiatives have made a good start at slowing cost increases in major weapons programs and improving the professionalism of the acquisition workforce.  But the department needs further improvement if it is to be a truly efficient buyer of military hardware and services.

In particular, the Department of Defense needs to become a customer that can unlock the full innovative potential of American industry.  That requires both incentivizing traditional suppliers to perform and reaching out to non-traditional suppliers.  The government-industry team needs to minimize tensions and build trust so that American warfighting technology is unsurpassed in its performance and cost-effectiveness.”