#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/
 

#KEM Global Market News: Whiskey, Middle East & Putin

LATEST NEWS AND INSIGHTS FROM KEM’S GLOBAL MARKET:

  • Cheers to our Partner’s Success!  Boston Harbor Distillery Ribbon Cutting 
  • Emerging Defense Trends – $110 billion in Middle East Opportunities
  • Recommended Thought Leadership – Putin & Russian Literature with our friend ADM Stavridis

#KEM PARTNER’S SUCCESS

All roads – even KEM’s Washington D.C. road – leads to Boston Harbor Distillery!  

Congratulations to our partners at BHD on this successful journey & Ribbon Cutting.  CHEERS!

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learnmore about our Strategy & Leadership:  Business Development Services

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#KEM EMERGING DEFENSE TRENDS

The Middle East is likely to present $110 billion in military-export opportunities in the coming decade per Bloomberg.com. Check out the latest #KEM Defense Trends:

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-said-raise-military-spending–60bn-by-2020-594944.html

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The Gulf kingdom is forecast to boost its arms budget to $60 billion by 2020 from a current level of $49 billion, following a slowdown in the short-term caused by the lower price of oil, reported Bloomberg which cited the study.

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learn more about our Global Network

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#KEM THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Insightful thought from Ken Miller’s (CEO of KEM) friend, retired ADMIRAL Stavridis, that Russia’s great authors put the country’s aggression in context better than an intel briefing:

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World

James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral who serves today as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Follow us at @KEMllc on twitter to learn more about our Thought Leadership

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