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 Quarterly on Defense: FY2018 PBR – Fixing Military Readiness First, then Military Growth

The President’s Fy2018 Budget Request (PBR) was delivered May 23, 2017 focused on rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces according to the following themes:

  • Improving warfighter readiness
  • Address evolving national security challenges
  • Recapitalize and modernize nuclear enterprise
  • Prioritize key investments in cyber and space capabilities
  • Focus on innovation to maintain technological advantage
  • Sustain the finest fighting force in the world
  • Identify reforms to improve efficiencies and achieve savings
KEM Defense Quarterly_Jun 2017

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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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#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”

 (Photos Retrieved from Flickr)