#KEM Congratulates Jeff Bezos and His Blue Origin New Shepard Team’s Win at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner

@KEMllc Ken Miller (right) and Denise Holmes (left) congratulate @JeffBezos as he accepts the Collier Trophy for #NewShepard

KEM and Associates congratulates Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture for the New Shepard reusable launch system Team’s success in winning The National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy.  

The award is “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

KEM executive team members, Ken Miller and Denise Holmes, were commending Mr. Bezos and team at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner honoring the Blue Origin New Shepard on June 16, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.

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Source: https://naa.aero

 

 

#KEM Quarterly on Defense: FY2018 PBR – Fixing Military Readiness First, then Military Growth

The President’s Fy2018 Budget Request (PBR) was delivered May 23, 2017 focused on rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces according to the following themes:

  • Improving warfighter readiness
  • Address evolving national security challenges
  • Recapitalize and modernize nuclear enterprise
  • Prioritize key investments in cyber and space capabilities
  • Focus on innovation to maintain technological advantage
  • Sustain the finest fighting force in the world
  • Identify reforms to improve efficiencies and achieve savings
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#KEM Salutes Secretary of Defense Mattis

Congratulations to General James Mattis, our 26th Secretary of Defense (SecDef).  Welcome, Sir!

#KEM is committed to working with our strategic partners to support the new administration by helping to ensure a smooth transition, strengthen national security, build U.S. alliances, and safeguard military readiness, now and in the future.

By a 98-1 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th SecDef , followed by Vice President Michael R. Pence administering his oath of office on 20 January 2017.  Secretary James Mattis arrived at the Pentagon for his first full day of office on January 21, 2017.

“Our military is the envy of the world, representing America’s awesome determination to defend herself,” he said. “Working with you, I will endeavor to keep our unique all volunteer force second to none.” Secretary James Mattis

 

Source: Defense.gov

U.S. and Gulf Partner Nations: #KEM Supports Critical Cooperation in Key Capability Areas

KEM continues to work with our global partners to support the robust relationship built between the U.S. and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners over the past 35 years.  

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Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Suez Canal. Harry S. Truman and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

We remain focused on strengthening ties in order to accomplish the following:

  • Meet Security objectives,
  • Build economic diversification & cooperation, and
  • Counter emerging threats.

 

KEM monitors and supports key capability areas to back shared security and defense concerns including the following KEM Domain Areas:

  1. Maritime security,
  2. Cyber security, and
  3. Missile defense.
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(Featured Image: 2016 US-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit Image, Source:  Defense.gov)

#KEM Celebrates USAF’s 69th Birthday at Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference (#ASC16)

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Kenneth E. Miller, CEO of KEM and Associates #ASC16

The #KEM team was excited to honor the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday by attending The Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, September 19-21, 2015 at the National Harbor, Maryland.

Air, Space & Cyber Theme:  Airmen, Industry, and Allies – A Global Security Team

We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with our friends in Air Force leadership and industry, academia & aerospace partners to work innovative solutions focused on #KEM Domains of space, cyber, and missile defense  as “A Global Security Team” addressing critical issues and challenges currently facing the U.S. warfighter and the aerospace market.

One highlight of the event included the aircraft naming of B-21 stealth bomber as Raider as a tribute to the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in World War II with one of the Doolittle Raiders, Lt. Col. Richard Cole (101-years old), on stage with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during the announcement.

#KEM is grateful to support this great opportunity and looks forward to next year!

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Join #KEM in Tracking Latest A&D News with Vago Muradian’s NEW Defense & Aerospace Report

#KEM continues to follow and salute our friend, Vago Muradian, the editor and host of the brand new Defense & Aerospace Report, for his continued credible reporting and valuable content.  His thoughtful and respected coverage are helping to shape the Aerospace and Defense industry.  

This new online source was launched in July 2016 to bring the latest national security and aerospace news by covering the government, military and aerospace leaders, lawmakers, industry executives and analysts that shape national security and aerospace decision-making worldwide.

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#KEM Supports Norwegian-American Defense Partnership: Seapower Conference Speaker, NADIC National Press Club & Ambassador Residence Reception Attendee

#KEM is a proud member of The Norwegian-American Defense Industry/Homeland Security Council (NADIC), endeavoring to support their purpose of strengthening relations between the United States and Norway by promoting their shared defense and homeland security capabilities.

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Lauren Durante Longwell and Ken Miller at #NADIC16

NADIC’s 4th Annual Norwegian American Defense Conference, The National Press Club on the 19th of May 2016:

#KEM supports A World in Change – US & Norway Partner Nations: a Source of Innovation at the highly successful 4th Annual #NADIC2016 Conference.

NADIC’s Norwegian-American Defense Conference Reception, Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence on the 19th of May 2016:

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KEM’s Ken Miller proudly with Mr. Vidar M. Skjelstad, KONGSBERG Defense Systems

#KEM works to leverage aerospace and defense expertise and partnership to address joint priorities and challenges on critical platforms.

Kongsberg’s 4th Annual Seapower Conference, Kongsberg Defense Systems on 20th of May 2016:

#KEM is honored to be a speaker with ADM John Nathman (ret.) presenting on the “State of the U.S. Navy from a Requirements & Acquisitions Perspective”.

Both U.S. DEPSECDEF Mr. Robert Work & Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister Mr. Øystein Bø offered insightful remarks at #NADIC16:

#KEM strives to help our clients get their world class capabilities into the hands of the warfighter quickly to combat challenges posed by the 360 degree threats environment.

#KEM proud to have our logo with Mr. Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense U.S. & Mr. Oystein Bo, Deputy Defence Minster, Norwegian Ministry of Defense

#F35 Fighter Program Moves Forward & Showing Progress: #KEM’s Strategy & Leadership Services

The biggest weapons development program in the world, The F-35 Lightning II Program, moves forward and is showing progress according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia.

#KEM stays committed to supporting this international, innovative ‘next generation’ #F35 fighter program through our Strategy & Leadership services.  This global fleet, which will endure for more than a half a century, is laying the foundation for years to come while positioning the U.S. to manage its enduring readiness challenges, air combat superiority and further pursue U.S. capability investments.

 As Air Force Lt. Gen. Bogdan stated on March 23, 2016, the Joint Strike Fighter is “executing fairly well across the entire spectrum of acquisition to include development and design, flight test, production, fielding, base stand-up, maintenance and support and building a global sustainment enterprise.”

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Navy’s acquisition chief and the Air Force general who runs F-35 fighter program stated in joint statement  “our overall assessment is that the program is making solid progress across the board”

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#KEM’s 4th of July Defense Spotlight: New National Military Strategy & Defense Acquisition Reform Focus

KEM’s Defense Spotlight:  New National Military Strategy & Defense Acquisition Reform Focus
 
KEM has been monitoring the drivers in the release of the new National Military Strategy and heightened focus on acquisition reform.  Experts in the defense and acquisition field point to a global security crisis reflecting simultaneous security challenges increasing for the long term.  The United States faces 1) increasing global threats from near peer to militant groups combined with, 2) cyber espionage growth, 3) budgets caps & cost overruns, 4) and technology superiority erosion.  This dangerous reality, the warfighter’s advanced capability needs, and our outdated acquisition system have created an urgency for the roll out of a new National Military strategy and created an innovation opportunity in Defense Acquisition Reform to position the United States “to protect and advance U.S. national and security interests”.
 
As KEM focuses on this new strategy & reform, we celebrate Independence Day – sharing our gratitude with our service members and their families that do so much to keep our nation safe.  We are reminded always that America’s freedoms do not come without sacrifice or cost.
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To Learn More about the design for how the U.S. military will utilize resources to protect & advance:   http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129191
 
For a Spotlight on Acquisition Reform, here is Senator John Cornyn’s Speech on Defense Acquisition Reform at the Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform even on June 24, 2015:  http://lexingtoninstitute.org/senator-john-cornyns-speech-on-defense-acquisition-reform/
 

#KEM Global Market News: Whiskey, Middle East & Putin

LATEST NEWS AND INSIGHTS FROM KEM’S GLOBAL MARKET:

  • Cheers to our Partner’s Success!  Boston Harbor Distillery Ribbon Cutting 
  • Emerging Defense Trends – $110 billion in Middle East Opportunities
  • Recommended Thought Leadership – Putin & Russian Literature with our friend ADM Stavridis

#KEM PARTNER’S SUCCESS

All roads – even KEM’s Washington D.C. road – leads to Boston Harbor Distillery!  

Congratulations to our partners at BHD on this successful journey & Ribbon Cutting.  CHEERS!

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learnmore about our Strategy & Leadership:  Business Development Services

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#KEM EMERGING DEFENSE TRENDS

The Middle East is likely to present $110 billion in military-export opportunities in the coming decade per Bloomberg.com. Check out the latest #KEM Defense Trends:

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-said-raise-military-spending–60bn-by-2020-594944.html

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The Gulf kingdom is forecast to boost its arms budget to $60 billion by 2020 from a current level of $49 billion, following a slowdown in the short-term caused by the lower price of oil, reported Bloomberg which cited the study.

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learn more about our Global Network

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#KEM THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Insightful thought from Ken Miller’s (CEO of KEM) friend, retired ADMIRAL Stavridis, that Russia’s great authors put the country’s aggression in context better than an intel briefing:

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral who serves today as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learn more about our Thought Leadership

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