KEM Attends 2018 AFA Convention – #ASC18

Each year, it is a privilege for our team to attend the Air Force Assocation – Air, Space & Cyber Convention, held in National Harbor. This conference offers unique insight into Air Force developments and includes a detailed update of the State of the Air Force. The 2018 AFA theme was “Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum.”

KEM Director of Contracts Dave Carlson attended the AFA Convention (#ASC18) representing our team, supporting our valued Strategic Partners and current clients in direct support of the warfighter.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s address was titled “The Air Force We Need.” Key points from the Secretary’s speech included a definitive need for more active, Guard and Reserve Airmen in order to ‘enable the service’s operational squadrons.’ In summation, Secretary Wilson noted,

“The Air Force is more ready for Major combat operations today than we were two years ago. More than 75 percent of our force is combat ready and we’re moving the whole force to higher levels of readiness with actions that will play out over the next several years.”

It was a genuine honor for our team to witness the Secretary present the State of the Air Force and discussion of restoring force readiness, space operations as well its overall future. Our team looks forward to attending this significant event in the future and will continue to monitor the Air Force strategy in all facets.

#KEM10 July Highlight | JFBoyle Associates LLC

Throughout 2018, KEM continues to highlight its invaluable Strategic Partners who contribute to bettering and strengthening our mission to support the warfighter. Join us in recognizing the superior value created by our strategic partners as key members of our team in our ongoing celebration of #KEM10 – KEM’s 10th year in operations.

Our July feature is Mr. Jim Boyle, of JFBoyle Associates LLC – Jim operates a Veteran-Owned Small Business, which provides independent consulting services to clients using lessons learned for compliance approvals for licensing of technology, protection of intellectual property, and competitive discrimators for small business.

Mr Boyle’s experiences with major Aerospace and Defense contractors includes the transfer of technology and offset management for countries in Europe, Middle East and Asia. His active duty and reserve experiences included enlisted time as an aviation electronics technician at the squardron and intermediate levels of maintenance and competitively selected for direct commissioned Navy Intelligence Officer.”

As trusted advisors within the Aerospace and Defense industry, Jim’s expertise provides our team with resources, knowledge and solutions that both clarify and enhance the capabilities of our core team.

In the past, Jim has noted that Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, “Meets his commitments to deliver actionable decision quality products.”

Our team truly appreciates this partnership and the ability to share best practices – Jim undoubtedly compliments KEM’s domain knowledge.

In acknowledgment and praise of this partnership, Ken Miller shares his personal words, “Jim Boyle – a true professional, vast operational and corporate experience. Whenever I need to know the facts, Jim is the person I call.” – Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates

NADIC features KEM as ‘Company of the Week’

As KEM progresses through 2018, our 10 year company anniversary, we value and recognize our business partners now more than ever.

KEM continues to maintain its significant relationship with NADIC (Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Council) since becoming a Bronze Member in 2012.

We support their mission in all facets –

“NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities and products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.”

They serve a crucial role in the Defense industry, strengthening NorAm relations, and their shared expertise contributes greatly to our overall mission. Recently, KEM was honored to be featured as a highlighted Company of the Week by NADIC through their digital channels. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“KEM is a trusted advisor to U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Missions.  KEM supports and strengthens our clients’ near and long-term strategies, engagement approaches and deliberate program management disciplines by leveraging our domain knowledge and proven partnership network in Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber for all markets.”

As a member of the industry, KEM considers it a privilege to be recognized by NADIC. We will continue to build upon this partnership as we move toward the future. We are proud to be a member – thank you from the entire team!

To connect with NADIC, find them on Twitter @NADIC_US

For their full feature on KEM, navigate to their website News section.

KEM Supports Strategic Partner NADIC at 2018 Syttende Mai Gala

As KEM approaches its 10 year company anniversary, we continue to value and support our Strategic Partners that contribute greatly to our growth and success.

On May 17, 2018, NACCMA (The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Chapter) held the Syttende Mai Gala, a special event celebrating the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Capitol View at 400 in Washington, D.C.

Pictured: NADIC’s Vidar Skjelstad and KEM’s Ken Miller (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

KEM’s Ken Miller attended the Mai Gala in direct support of Strategic Partner, Vidar Skjelstad, President of both Kongsberg Defense Sysytems and NADIC. It was a honor and privilege to be present alongside Vidar and we value this opportunity to further strengthen NorAm relations now and toward the future.

In attending, KEM stands proudly with both Vidar and NADIC in celebrating Norway. We express appreciation to NACCMA, their sponsors and partners for executing this event, recognizing Norway’s significant achievements and impactful relationship with the United States.

2018 Syttende Mai Gala – Capitol View at 400 (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

This is For All our #KEM 2,000+ Facebook Fans – Thank You!

As the KEM team approaches its 3rd year being active in the social media community, we would like to thank you for engaging with us in our online journey.

Recently, our Facebook page has surpassed 2,000 likes, a milestone for which we want to express our appreciation to all of you that read our content, as well as our blogs that we maintain across our social media. We will continue to document our journey as a team and we value our virtual supporters both locally and across the world!

KEM also wants to recognize a key member of our communication’s team, Will Vith.   We thank Will for his hard work and creative spirit in our digital space helping KEM share our story and execute our mission.

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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: Good Luck to Team USA’s Military Olympians!

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Recent Air Force Academy cadet, now Marine 2nd. Lt. David Higgins, center, competes in prone rifle. (Photo: U.S. Air Force) – Watch 12 Aug 2016

#KEM wishes all the USA’s Military Olympians good luck in participating and representing our country with pride in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Go Team USA!

We honor all who are competing and serve our country.

Here is #TeamUSA’s Military Olympian Roster for Rio 2016: (source:  MilitaryTimes.com)

  • 2nd Lt. David Higgins
    • Service: Marine Corps, Air Force Academy Class of 2016
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 25m rapid fire pistol

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Eller

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Spc. Dan Lowe

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10m air rifle

    Vincent Hancock

    • Service: Army veteran
    • Event: Skeet

    1st Lt. Cale Simmons

    • Service: Air Force
    • Event: Pole Vault
    • When to watch: Aug. 13-20

    2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Pole vault

    Staff Sgt. John Nunn

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50K race walk

    Spc. Leonard Korir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Paul Chelimo

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 5,000m run

    Sgt. Hillary Bor

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 3,000m steeplechase

    Regine Tugade

    • Service: Incoming Naval Academy midshipman
    • Event: 100m sprint (competing for Guam)

    Sean Furey

    • Service: Navy civilian
    • Event: Javelin

    Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Modern pentathlon

    Lt. Edward King

    • Service: Navy
    • Event: Rowing, lightweight men’s four

    Peter Lombard

    • Service: Navy veteran
    • Sport: Mountain bike (competing for Guam)

#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

#KEM Goes to Capitol Hill – Speaker at Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform Event, 11.13.2015

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Kenneth E. Miller and Lauren Durante Longwell of KEM and Associates LLC at Defense Acquisition Reform Event 11.13.15 on Capitol Hill (right to left)

KEM and Associates’ CEO, Kenneth E. Miller,  joined by his Director of Strategic Analysis and Communications, Lauren Durante Longwell, was honored to go to Capitol Hill as a highlighted speaker at The Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Event on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Mr. Miller was honored to be included in The Lexington Institute’s esteemed speaker group discussing the extremely complex subject of Defense Acquisition Reform while focused on providing warfighters the capabilities they need to keep them and our great nation safe. 

Ken Miller’s remarks that, “Over my 35 years in government and six plus years in private consulting there are many ideas being championed to improve the Acquisition process; however, in my view “THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS” nor “A SINGLE SILVER BULLET” to improve or energize the process.  DO we need to rethink Defense Acquisition or just improve what we have now?  Today, we have 4 key areas that must be aligned for program success: Requirements, Acquisition, Budget / Congress and Private Sector communities.  My view is that improving congruency and harmonization of these 4 key communities will do a lot to improve the process.” resonated with many of the speakers, media, and industry leadership

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The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and Kenneth E. Miller at Rayburn House Office building 11.13.15 (right to left)

The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and current Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, noted Ken Miller’s 11.13.15 comments graciously in her own outstanding remarks surrounding the need for new game changing capabilities that give operators applications that work today by stating that, “I hope everyone wrote down Ken Miller’s list – Spot On, on what we need to do”.  

KEM continues to support their strategic partners and clients globally to build responsive, adaptable, and agile capabilities that are affordable yet keeping pace with technology and international threats.  KEM continues to work daily to support their corporate mission: Support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions for our global clients.

Thank you again to The Lexington Institute including Mac Carey and Constance Baroudos for all their valuable efforts on behalf of the warfighter and for including KEM and Associates LLC in this forum.