#KEM Supports US and Norway’s Expanding Alliance: Proud Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC) Member

KEM Team at the NADIC Navy League Sea Air Space Show Booth 2016

KEM and Associates LLC is committed to strengthening relationships between the United States and Norway.  KEM employs our strategy practice to support strengthening maritime-surveillance alliance, developing the best capabilities, and expanding strategic relationships to provide dependable situational awareness and collaborative operations.  We look forward to continued work with our strategic partners to strengthen the operational capability, deepen U.S.-Norwegian relations, and stay committed to global security.

NADIC’s purpose is to strengthen relations between the United States and Norway.

NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities, products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.  NADIC is a trade association that has been established to develop and promote the business and commercial interests of the Norwegian/American defense and homeland security industries within the United States. It studies relevant opportunities and facilitates stronger ties between Norway and the U.S., while encouraging a “fair” competitive environment in U.S. markets.

#KEM is a Proud Member of NADIC.

The KEM executive leadership team looks forward to once again attending NADIC’s signature event, the Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2017.  This conference will be held at The National Press Club, Washington D.C., on April 6, 2017.  Our team with key partners will continue to collaborate with representatives from the American and Norwegian industries, military, and government to discuss opportunities for improved bilateral relations between the U.S. and Norway.

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.”

#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

Sea-Air-Space 2016 Expo: #KEM Collaborates on Key U.S. Security Challenges & Innovative Solutions

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#KEM is honored to once again participate in the 2016 Sea-Air-Space: The Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition and collaborate on key security challenges and innovative future warfare solutions to help keep our world’s waterways safe, provide assistance to sea service families, and defend & strengthen our nation.

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#KEM’s Ken Miller, Dave Carlson & Lauren Longwell @SeaAirSpace #SAS16 booth!

#SAS16 is our nation’s largest maritime defense exposition held on May 16 – 18, 2016 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in the National Harbor.

#KEM believes in the Navy League’s immense value and supports their mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

Each year at #SAS16 #KEM is pleased to engage with our clients, partners, and colleagues in the U.S. defense industrial base and private sector and key U.S. and global military leaders and decision makers to promote innovation and discuss current topics and technologies relevant to maritime policy.

Some#KEM Sea Air Space 2016 Highlights

  • #KEM joined @NADIC_US at their@SeaAirSpace #SAS16 booth! Proud NADIC members helping to develop partnerships between between Norwegian and American industries.
  • #KEM’s Ken Miller is honored to be a guest at the Sea-Air-Space Banquet Reception and Banquet in the Potomac Ballroom this evening and to hear Admiral John M. Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations’ remarks.

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#KEM at AFA AIR & SPACE EXPO: Asia-Pacific Rebalance with Logistics leaders ARES Mobility Solutions and USAF Air, Space & Cyberspace Integration

The #KEM team was excited to attend The Air Force Association‘s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, September 14-16, 2015 at the National Harbor.

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We were thankful for the opportunity to connect with our friends in Air Force leadership and industry, academia & aerospace partners to work innovative solutions utilizing and growing #KEM core capabilities and domain areas to critical issues and challenges currently facing the U.S. warfighter and the aerospace market.

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ARES Mobility Solutions: Col. Shirlene D. Ostrov (ret.) CEO and President, General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (ret.), and Michael W. Senior (not pictured) with KEM (Kenneth E. Miller, David J. Carlson & Lauren D. Longwell)

#KEM Capability LOGISTICS – Asia-Pacific Rebalance:  Learning from You’ve Got to Have Friends – Building Pacific Airpower Partnerships with Gen Lori Robinson, Commander Pacific Air Forces (AFA Featured Speaker)

#KEM met up with our valued strategic partner, ARES Mobility Solutions, who is actively supporting the warfighter by strengthening relationships, alliances and logistics’ capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region while delivering strategic, full-spectrum, trusted global mobility solutions to their clients.  #KEM is proud of ARES positive and visionary leadership under Shirlene D. Ostrov (President & CEO) who promotes innovation as her team executes multidisciplinary, integrated, and proven approaches and secure, customized solutions.

#KEM continues to work to support enhanced innovation and integrate our #KEM Domain Areas AIR, SPACE, and CYBERSPACE as Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James remarked in her AFA Keynote.  Check out the core Air Force Space Command mission and Explore Space and Cyberspace capabilities at the United States’ Air Force Video:

 

#KEM looks forward to next year and until then continuing to support the mission of taking care of the warfighter and providing innovative solutions to strike the right balance between readiness, modernization, and affordability.

 

#KEM on Bilateral Defense Trade Cooperation: Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2015

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KEM joined prominent guest speakers from the Norwegian and American governments, military, and defense & homeland industries to discuss

Bilateral Defense Trade Cooperation:   Theory vs Practice.  

 

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Norway’s Foreign Minister, Borge Brende at Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2015 in front of KEM’s logo

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KEM’s Ken Miller also had the honor to present at NADIC’s Kongsberg Defense Systems’ SymposiumU.S. Department of Defense Overview & Trends: FY15 & FY16 Training

KEM is a proud partner of  the Norwegian-American Defense Industry/Homeland Security Council (NADIC) working along side to develop and promote the business and commercial interests of the Norwegian/American defense and homeland security industries within the United States, and to ensure a “fair” competitive environment in U.S. markets.

NADIC membership is open to Norwegian companies and U.S. companies with manufacturing operations and support services in Norway that comprise the Norwegian defense and security industrial base with an interest in strengthening ties between Norwegian and U.S. defense and homeland security organizations.

#KEM Celebrates Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space’s 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Navy’s League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition!

KEM Executive Leadership congratulates the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space on 50 Years of Maritime Excellence & Innovation.  Our team attended the nation’s largest maritime defense exposition April 13-15, 2015 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in the National Harbor.

It was a Great Honor to attend Sea-Air-Space’s Black Tie Reception, 

Exciting to connect with our amazing partners with whom we team every day &

Motivating to be helping foster a culture aligned with the Navy Innovation Vision by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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KEM Executive Team: Ken Miller, Lauren Longwell & David Carlson

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KEM Salutes the Credible Reporting by DefenseNews with Vago Muradian

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 About the Navy League:

The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event.

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition will continue to support the mission of the Navy League and lead the way as “THE” Exposition to attend each year to display the most current information and technology relevant to maritime policy.

115th Annual Wallow – #KEM Grows Camaraderie Among Armed Service Members & DC Defense Elite

KEM had the great honor and wonderful time with fellow Armed Services Members and DC Defense Elite attending the The Carabao Order‘s 115th Annual Wallow with the proud purpose of growing camaraderie among those who serve and face dangers far from home.

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Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 | Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

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#KEM Leads Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar 2015 Strategic Opportunities & CI Discussion

KEM’s Ken Miller was honored to lead the

2015 Tactical View of Opportunities, Capture &

Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategies Discussion

at the Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar, January 29th

Strong KEM focus on the expected FY 2016 Defense spending increases 

including potentially largest PBR Base in history and target growth areas.

 

Learn more now about KEM’s Innovation, Training & Business Management Consulting Capabilities.

#KEM Announces New Membership & National Symposium Attendance with The Surface Navy Association

KEM is proud to announce their new membership in The Surface Navy Association (SNA).  KEM looks forward to providing continued support to our Nation’s Surface Naval Forces.

KEM attended the SNA’s 27th National Symposium this week to get an update on current issues and challenges as they relate to the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Forces.

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