#KEM Continues to Monitor the 2018 “Skinny Budget” and Its Prospects of Getting Through Congress

Able to Strike a Defense Balance? Defense Increases for 2018, $30 Billion Supplemental for 2017

Proposed Changes to Agency Discretionary Budgets in 2018 (Bloomberg Politics)

President Trump released his 2018 Budget, known as “the skinny budget” in Washington, which includes defense spending of $639 billion, including $65 billion for ongoing emergency war-fighting. This represents a $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by corresponding reductions to non-Defense programs. In addition, the Trump Administration sent a $30 billion 2017 defense supplemental budget request to add $25 billion into 2017 Department of Defense base budget bringing it to $576 billion and adding $5 billion to the emergency wartime spending fund.

#KEM continues to monitor the 2018 “skinny budget’s” prospect of getting through Congress as it seems to not please the left, middle, and far right.  In addition, #KEM continues to track the extent to which budget deliberations ultimately strike a balance between readiness, modernization, and acquisition programs to support the base-budget programs, cyber and intelligence, and counter terrorism capabilities of the current defense strategy.  The full budget will be released in May and needs Congressional approval to become law.

Katherine Blakeley, research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) on the Defense and Aerospace Report: CSBA Blakely on Trump Budget Proposal

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#KEM Values Strength through Diversity: Honoring DoD STEM Contributions during National African American History Month & National Engineers’ Week

#KEM Value: STRENGTH THROUGH DIVERSITY

#KEM joins the nation in celebrating National African American History Month (1-26 February) and National Engineers’ Week (19-25 February).

We honor all African Americans who have served our armed forces and contributed significantly to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) legacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) cultivating a “stronger, more diverse” military and civilian force.

In the spirit of National African American History Month and National Engineers’ Week, #KEM stays committed to ensuring a diverse and well educated STEM future workforce.  We develop and promote diverse present and future Aerospace and Defense (A&D) STEM teams and industry leaders that create effective solutions as DoD challenges rapidly increase globally through the following activities:

 

Major General Robert S. Ferrell, U.S. Army, shares #KEM’s value of “Strength through Diversity” best in the below video: “The strength of our Army is when all service members are working together to accomplish a common goal”.

 

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#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.

#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

 

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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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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.”

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 BD Services: Staying warm in Blizzard of 2016 with the Spirit of Boston “Whiskies”

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Photo Credit BHD: Spirit of Boston Whiskey inspired from Boston Beer Company & BHD connection

As #KEM weathers the Blizzard of 2016 in Washington D.C, we are staying warm with the Spirit of Boston “Whiskies”.

We are proud of our amazing partner and friend Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO at Boston Harbor Distillery (BHD), as she introduces BHD’s first edition of their Spirit of Boston Whiskey varieties inspired by their treasured connection between the Boston Beer Company and Boston Harbor Distillery.

#KEM had the honor with other key partners, such as Noe Landini , the Colonial Spirits Group, and Michael Perez, CEO of aXseum Solutions to experience BHD’s remarkable innovation of turning unique, high- quality brews into multi-layered whiskies with our friends over a delicious meal at CXIII REX.   

#KEM continues to cultivate our commercial and Aerospace & Defense network with committed, passionate, and proven leaders.

Freedom Favors the Bold, Rhonda Kallman and BHD Team.  Cheers from #KEM!  We are grateful to be on this road together.

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Ken Miller (KEM), Michael Perez (aXseum) & Lauren Longwell (KEM)

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Rhonda Kallman & Tom Pritchard (BHD)

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BHD, Colonial Spirits Group, aXseum Solutions & KEM at CXIII REX

 

 

#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.