#KEM10 June Highlight | Major General William Catto, USMC (Ret.)

2018 is a momentous time for the KEM team. We are proud to celebrate and acknowledge the 10 year anniversary of our company founding. As part of reflecting on what we have achieved thus far, we are highlighting our valued Strategic Partners whose proven performance contributes to our overall success in supporting the warfighter.

June features Major General William Catto, USMC (Ret.) – A results driven leader with over 25 years of senior management experience leading multifunctional, technical and acquisition organizations in both the Defense industry and the U.S. Marine Corps. Proven expertise in program management, profit and loss and international business development.

Major General Catto’s expertise is invaluable and will enable us to thrive as we look to the future. As our team moves forward, we will continue to value this partnership and the privilege to have him as part of the extended team. KEM CEO Ken Miller shares his own personal words in praise of Major General Catto:

The KEM team is honored to have General Bill ‘Catman’ Catto – as a Strategic Partner, he brings broad experience in DoD acquisition, international military sales and USMC requirements. Moreover, a good person to work with!” – Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates

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 Supports the Container Revolution with Strategic Partner #ACS at Warrior West 2018

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As a company, KEM is part of the revolution and is able innovate at a rapid pace, delivering the best value due to our proven Strategic Partners. Our team collaborates with our partners to foster ongoing business relationships to achieve the highest level of productivity within each of our core Capabilities.

Last week, KEM’s Ken Miller was honored and proud to attend the Warrior West Expo in San Diego, CA to support our strategic partner, Adaptive Cargo Solutions (ACS). This two day event, April 18th-19th, a Defense resource and training expo, offers a unique chance to meet and network with potential supporters within the industry.

KEM’s Ken Miller supporting the ACS team at the #WarriorExpo. Pictured (L toR) – Daniel Humphrey, Ken Miller, Shirlene Ostrov, Emille Bryant, Greg Milholland

ACS aims to start a revolution with their patented composite containers and it was a privilege to witness the product quality and to see the ARC containers demonstrated at such a key event.  This event served as a special opportunity for the team to come together to offer LIVE demos of featured products and to show appreciation for those interested in learning more about the vast pros of composite storage to the mass market.

Shirlene Ostrov and Donald Barnard of ACS pictured with KEM’s Ken Miller at the #WarriorExpo

KEM will continue to strengthen our relationship with ACS and the team is looking forward to attending Warrior East in July to offer our support toward both their exceptional mobility solution as well as a highly valued team of individuals.

Note: KEM has an ownership interest in ACS.

#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!

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KEM Excited to Participate in 9th Annual McAleese/Credit Suisse Conference

KEM is once again excited to participate in the McAleese/Credit Suisse 2018 Defense Programs Conference today, Tuesday, 6 March 2018, at The Sphinx Club 1315 K St. NW, Washington, DC.

KEM always appreciates how this conference presents a unique opportunity to directly engage with senior leaders regarding the complexities, challenges, and near and long term capability opportunities impacting the warfighter.

McAleese once again features a distinguished line-up of noteworthy speakers and specialists including senior officials from the military and Capitol Hill creating one-of-a-kind opportunity to collaborate, network and continue to forge relationships with industry leaders:

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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 and ARES Mobility Solutions: Strengthening Cooperation in the Pacific

KEM with our valued and trusted strategic partner, ARES Mobility Solutions under the proven leadership of Shirlene Ostrov, remains focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. We continue to develop and work efforts that align and engage the region to strengthen capabilities, capacity building, and readiness activities between the U.S. government, allies, and partners.  These efforts are poised to address the increasingly complex Asia-Pacific state risks and non-state risks such as humanitarian crises and natural disasters while developing new concepts of operations and next-generation capabilities.

With the nature of the Pacific theater, KEM’s leadership and capabilities supports across all domains: land, air, sea, space, and cyber.

KEM’s mission and core work efforts back the United States Navy’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy in recognition of the growing Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) challenge while supporting the Department of Defense’s core service missions:

  • Air and Space Superiority
  • Global Strike
  • Rapid Global Mobility
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Command and Control (C2)

 

 

 

(Featured Image Sources: DoD News and Defense.gov)

#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

Featured Image (Defense.gov)

#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”.

 

(Source: Defense.gov)