#KEM10 October Highlight l CWilliams LLC

As we near 2019, KEM continues to highlight its various 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.

Charlie E. Williams Jr. of CWilliams LLC  is our next feature in the series. As the former Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) –  & Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S.A.F., Mr. Williams contributes invaluable expertise to the KEM team related to federal contracting and the processes in the acquisition cycle.

Mr. Williams is the President of CWilliams LLC. His organization provides strategic advice to the defense industry in direct support of the acquisition process, contract formation and the process of contract management. During his tenure at the DCMA, he successfully led an agency of over 12,000 military and civilian personnel involved in global contract management, spanning more than 18,000 contractors and $200 billion in unliquidated contract obligations.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM reflects on our partnership with Charlie Williams,

”Charlie is a world class government contract expert. A true professional who is a pleasure to work with.”

With his significant experience in the acquisition field, Mr. Williams is skilled in assisting industry leaders in navigating the complexities of the defense acquisition system. He also proudly serves as President of the National Contract Management Association. His vast industry prowess related to contract formation and acquisition planning compliments KEM’s high-level mission of supporting the warfighter. Our team is proud to have Mr. Williams as a valued Strategic Partner.

KEM Attends AUSA 2018 with Strategic Partner Jim Boyle

Throughout the year, KEM attends key events within the Defense and Aerospace sector that foster networking, strategic partnerships and offer firsthand insight into Defense Trends. Last month, KEM CEO Ken Miller attended AUSA’s (Association of the United States Army) Annual Meeting with valued Strategic Partner, Jim Boyle of JFBoyle Associates LLC  at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

AUSA’s 2018 turnout featured 31,000 attendees – this year’s theme was, “Ready Today, more Lethal Tomorrow.” It was an honor to have Jim Boyle accompany KEM to this event. In reflecting on the AUSA meeting, Mr. Boyle noted,

“The exhibitions at AUSA reflected a larger presence of international products and ARMY leadership priorities that are incentivizing the accelerated delivery of capabilities for testing by the ARMY. There was a clear focus by the ARMY on speed for deployment.”

Additionally, Mr. Boyle reflected on KEM’s capabilities and partnership,

“I recognize Ken Miller’s ability to craft solid solutions in complex acquisition environments. Ken knows how to sort through the complexities and bring teams and solutions together.”

The entire KEM team appreciates the importance and value of our partnership with Mr. Boyle and his direct support at the event. As seen via AUSA.org, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper described this year’s event as “very successful.” KEM looks ahead with anticipation to attending AUSA 2019.

#KEM10 September Highlight l Jason Collado

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.

As the next partner in the series, we are proud to highlight the skill and talent of Jason Collado, Founder of Jason Collado Creative Services. He is a gifted and prolific leader, serving as Creative Director, Brand Strategist, Designer & Copyrighter. Jason offers a multifaceted creative background with a wide range of experience.

In honing his skillset and capabilities, Jason’s creative background has spanned decades, notably assisting as Creative Lead with WBEB-FM Radio in Philadelphia, PA. With a high-level focus on Brand Strategy, Jason has collaborated with significant brands and agencies during his time with WBEB-FM. Having acquired industry experience, Jason expanded as an independent consultant, designer and creative services contractor. His current client portfolio is diverse, spanning various sectors, which include Broadcast, Entertainment, Film, DoD/Aerospace, Biochemistry, Financial and Health & Beauty.

It continues to be a pleasure for our team to have Jason as a valued Strategic Partner. His contributions to our website, graphics and media kits are second to none. In his own words, Jason has reflected on nearly a decade-long partnership with our team,

KEM is focused and calculated when mapping out a plan for success, and truly embrace the creative process. I am always excited to roll up my sleeves and get in the trenches with them every step of the way.”

KEM CEO Ken Miller noted the following about Jason’s expertise,

“Jason is a creative genius who always delivers superior products on time and cost. Great team player!”

#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

#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)

Ken Miller, CEO of #KEM, Presents at 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

As a team, KEM has been proud to attend the Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar in the past. This year, it was held at the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. over the span of two days, May 8th and 9th.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, was chosen as a speaker at 2018’s Seminar, presenting on Best Practices for Approaching Primes for System Sales and Partnerships to the U.S. and French executive teams of both Zodiac Aerospace and Safran

  • Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.” – zodiacaerospace.com
  • Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities.” – safran-group.com

It was a unique opportunity to discuss relevant Defense trends both as they stand today and looking toward the near future, to an esteemed audience of Defense industry leaders. KEM appreciates this chance to offer expertise and insight as a speaker and looks forward to attending in future years.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, speaking at the 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

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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Welcome to the #KEM Mission

Our mission is to support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions for our global clients.

What We Do – KEM is a global team creating trusted and innovative solutions helping to keep the warfighter safe.  We are a strategy and innovation leader specializing in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry specializing globally in the following domain areas: Missile Defense, Cybersecurity, Aviation Manned and Unmanned, C4ISR, Electronic Warfare, Shipbuilding, and Space.

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#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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