#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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#KEM 2017 Letter From President: Focus on Cyber Defense and International Markets

“KEM and Associates’ vision is to solve complex problems for our U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Clients.  We are dedicated to the highest standards of performance and ethics advising our clients on a solid strategies achieving their full growth potential.  We are extremely proud of all that our KEM Partners have accomplished together this past year, and we look forward to building on our joint success together.”  — Kenneth E. Miller, CEO and President KEM and Associates LLC

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#F35 Fighter Program Moves Forward & Showing Progress: #KEM’s Strategy & Leadership Services

The biggest weapons development program in the world, The F-35 Lightning II Program, moves forward and is showing progress according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia.

#KEM stays committed to supporting this international, innovative ‘next generation’ #F35 fighter program through our Strategy & Leadership services.  This global fleet, which will endure for more than a half a century, is laying the foundation for years to come while positioning the U.S. to manage its enduring readiness challenges, air combat superiority and further pursue U.S. capability investments.

 As Air Force Lt. Gen. Bogdan stated on March 23, 2016, the Joint Strike Fighter is “executing fairly well across the entire spectrum of acquisition to include development and design, flight test, production, fielding, base stand-up, maintenance and support and building a global sustainment enterprise.”

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Navy’s acquisition chief and the Air Force general who runs F-35 fighter program stated in joint statement  “our overall assessment is that the program is making solid progress across the board”

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#KEM Well Positioned for Future: 2016 Message from President & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the KEM and Associates’ Team!  May the new year bring you good health, joy & prosperity.

The start of the new year is an occasion for #KEM to reflect back on our accomplishments and gratitude for our partners, the warfighter & our opportunities to serve in 2015 plus our continued resolve to our mission and growth in 2016.  #KEM Message from President 2016

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#KEM’s 4th of July Defense Spotlight: New National Military Strategy & Defense Acquisition Reform Focus

KEM’s Defense Spotlight:  New National Military Strategy & Defense Acquisition Reform Focus
 
KEM has been monitoring the drivers in the release of the new National Military Strategy and heightened focus on acquisition reform.  Experts in the defense and acquisition field point to a global security crisis reflecting simultaneous security challenges increasing for the long term.  The United States faces 1) increasing global threats from near peer to militant groups combined with, 2) cyber espionage growth, 3) budgets caps & cost overruns, 4) and technology superiority erosion.  This dangerous reality, the warfighter’s advanced capability needs, and our outdated acquisition system have created an urgency for the roll out of a new National Military strategy and created an innovation opportunity in Defense Acquisition Reform to position the United States “to protect and advance U.S. national and security interests”.
 
As KEM focuses on this new strategy & reform, we celebrate Independence Day – sharing our gratitude with our service members and their families that do so much to keep our nation safe.  We are reminded always that America’s freedoms do not come without sacrifice or cost.
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To Learn More about the design for how the U.S. military will utilize resources to protect & advance:   http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129191
 
For a Spotlight on Acquisition Reform, here is Senator John Cornyn’s Speech on Defense Acquisition Reform at the Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform even on June 24, 2015:  http://lexingtoninstitute.org/senator-john-cornyns-speech-on-defense-acquisition-reform/