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.

KEM Proudly Becomes NDIA Member


In addition to appreciating our valued Strategic Partnerships during our #KEM10 celebration, KEM is the proud member of key Aerospace and Defense (A&D) organizations that protect American interests and create new opportunities domestically and internationally.

As of this month, KEM is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, NDIA. This membership is an essential resource for our business and compliments our Mission and core Department of Defense (DoD) and A&D capabilities.  NDIA’s mission statement:

NDIA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation.“

They are a vital resource within the Defense and Aerospace industry. With 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members, they connect industry leaders and operate abiding by 6 Strategic Priorities:

  • Advance Budget Stability
  • Expand International Security Cooperation and Interoperability
  • Gain Acquisition Agility and Regulatory Efficiency
  • Promote Innovation in Technology and Process
  • Foster Small Business Success
  • Strengthen the Defense Industrial Base and Workforce

As Trusted Advisors for DoD, Civilian Agencies, Federal Agencies and global Aerospace and Defense Commercial Firms, it is a true privilege to become a member of NDIA. Our team appreciates this unique opportunity to network within both the local chapter as well as across the country.

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)

#KEM Attends Defense Week 2018

Each year, the #KEM Team looks forward to participating in the event lineup of #DefenseWeek.

As a team, it is a privilege to attend and support each activity throughout this week held in Washington, D.C.  The week began with the Defense Week Kickoff Reception on Sunday, April 8th at the Kongsberg Lounge, followed by these notable events:
  • Navy League 4/9: Located in Gaylord, with distinguished attendees – the Sea Air Space event serves as the largest Navy tradeshow in the United States, with more than 15,000 participants this year.
  • NADIC Reception 4/10: KEM honored to attend these events at the Capital Yacht Club in anticipation of Thursday’s Conference.
  • NADIC’s 6th Annual Norwegian-American Defense Conference 4/12: Focus on NATO & the Northern Flank – Securing the Maritime Profile of the Alliance, located at the National Press Club of DC. Appreciation to all sponsors involved in executing this crucial event. As a team, KEM is both honored and proud to support NADIC’S Vidar Skjelstad. We continue toward the goal of (SMART) Alliances for the future. It was a pleasure to listen to esteemed speakers Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Richard V. Spencer as well as Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ms. Tone Skogen. A significant moment to witness the signing ceremony of a (SoSA) Security of Supply Arrangement between the US & Norway. Congratulations to NADIC for their 6th Annual Conference.

    #KEM’s Ken Miller honored to be a member and attend #NADIC2018 Conference with strategic partner Vidar Skjelstad, President of Kongsberg Gruppen and NADIC.

  • KDS Seapower Conference 4/13: Technology conference located in Alexandria, VA to close out Defense Week 2018. KEM’s Ken Miller presented the FY 2019 Budget and Defense Trends with Strategic Partner Admiral Nathman.

KEM supports #DefenseWeek in all facets and continues to recognize the importance of this event for the Defense Market. Great appreciation to all involved for a successful and productive week!

KEM is a Proud New AUSA Member & Attends 2017 Annual Meeting Reception at The Ambassador of Norway Residence

KEM is a proud new member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and continued affiliate of The Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC).  We were honored to attend the esteemed Ambassador of Norway’s reception in honor of the AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Washington D.C.

Thank you Ambassador Kåre R. Aas for your gracious hospitality and continued commitment to strength through cooperation between the Norwegian-American Aerospace and Defense communities in order to keep pace with the shifting global security landscape.

The 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition’s theme, “Building Readiness: America’s Army from the Great War to Multi-Domain Battle” was prevalent throughout the event.  The AUSA’s meeting is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America, conducted over three days to deliver critical presentations on the state of the Army, pertinent military and national security subjects, and networking events highlighting the capabilities of Army organizations and supporting industry products and services.

For a full view of the schedule, click here: 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting 9 -11 Oct

#KEM Team Attends AFA Air Space & Cyber Convention 2017: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon

#KEM Team Attends #ASC17: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon. The nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from across the globe.

The #KEM team was excited to attend the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Convention, September 18 – 20, 2017, in the National Harbor, Maryland.

Our team had a successful week engaging with senior Air Force leadership and connecting with our strategic partners and clients in industry and government while engaging in meetings, discussions, and sessions focused on the latest strategies for technical and tactical advantage, international partnerships and alliances, and reformed business practices critical for strong U.S. defense and national security.  

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.

#KEM continues to work supporting our nation’s competitive edge through our #KEM Domain Areas in Missile Defense, Cyber, C4ISR, and Space in a continued response to Secretary of Defense James Mattis’   key note address reminder of America’s two fundamental sources of power, “inspiration and intimidation”.

#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