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!”

KEM Attends 2018 AFA Convention – #ASC18

Each year, it is a privilege for our team to attend the Air Force Assocation – Air, Space & Cyber Convention, held in National Harbor. This conference offers unique insight into Air Force developments and includes a detailed update of the State of the Air Force. The 2018 AFA theme was “Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum.”

KEM Director of Contracts Dave Carlson attended the AFA Convention (#ASC18) representing our team, supporting our valued Strategic Partners and current clients in direct support of the warfighter.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s address was titled “The Air Force We Need.” Key points from the Secretary’s speech included a definitive need for more active, Guard and Reserve Airmen in order to ‘enable the service’s operational squadrons.’ In summation, Secretary Wilson noted,

“The Air Force is more ready for Major combat operations today than we were two years ago. More than 75 percent of our force is combat ready and we’re moving the whole force to higher levels of readiness with actions that will play out over the next several years.”

It was a genuine honor for our team to witness the Secretary present the State of the Air Force and discussion of restoring force readiness, space operations as well its overall future. Our team looks forward to attending this significant event in the future and will continue to monitor the Air Force strategy in all facets.

NADIC features KEM as ‘Company of the Week’

As KEM progresses through 2018, our 10 year company anniversary, we value and recognize our business partners now more than ever.

KEM continues to maintain its significant relationship with NADIC (Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Council) since becoming a Bronze Member in 2012.

We support their mission in all facets –

“NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities and products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community.”

They serve a crucial role in the Defense industry, strengthening NorAm relations, and their shared expertise contributes greatly to our overall mission. Recently, KEM was honored to be featured as a highlighted Company of the Week by NADIC through their digital channels. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“KEM is a trusted advisor to U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Missions.  KEM supports and strengthens our clients’ near and long-term strategies, engagement approaches and deliberate program management disciplines by leveraging our domain knowledge and proven partnership network in Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyber for all markets.”

As a member of the industry, KEM considers it a privilege to be recognized by NADIC. We will continue to build upon this partnership as we move toward the future. We are proud to be a member – thank you from the entire team!

To connect with NADIC, find them on Twitter @NADIC_US

For their full feature on KEM, navigate to their website News section.

KEM Celebrates 10 Years – A Letter from our CEO – #KEM10

2018 represents a significant milestone for the KEM team – we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It offers a unique opportunity to reflect on this past decade and look toward the future and what is yet to come.

In a Letter from the President below, KEM CEO Ken Miller delivers a message of appreciation to members of the military as well as our strategic partners as the team moves forward. Thank you to all of our supporters, both local and across the world.

#WeAreKEM #KEM10 #TrustedAndProven

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

Change how you see your world…the revolution is a containerAdaptive Cargo Solutions

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 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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