KEM Becomes Proud Member of the DAUAA

KEM and Associates is an active member of various organizations within the Defense and Aerospace industry. As proud participants, our team has access to networking, engaging with industry leaders and is able to attend significant events that advance our mission to support the Warfighter.

Recently, KEM is a proud new member of the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association (DAUAA) 

There are a plethora of benefits to joining this great organization, including:

  • Personal and early notification of annual DAU Symposium and bi-monthly hot topic training forums
  • Connectivity with DAU through web site, e-mail and newsletter updates on acquisition policies
  • Networking with other acquisition professionals

To supplement, membership to DAUAA allows for attendance to events:

  • Annual DAU Symposium on current defense/military service systems acquisition policies, procedures, tools,  and issues.
  • Local Chapter Hot Topic Training Forums, seminars, and meetings
  • Support of the annual DAU Update and other DAU activities.

As seen via DAUAA website, President Bill Bahnmeieir reminds members,

“Before I close, I want to again repeat that the strength and vitality of the DAU Alumni Association depends on the influx of “new blood.”  I ask that all DAUAA members act as recruiters in expanding Alumni Association membership.”

KEM is excited to support DAUAA. We thank all those involved who ensure the success of the organization.

#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!”

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.

#KEM10 September Highlight l TIV 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 September feature is Will Vith, Owner of TIV LLC,

TIV LLC has been a proven partner for over 4 years to KEM and Associates (KEM) and a valued partner since company inception of Adaptive Cargo Solutions (ACS).

Will has played a multi-faceted role to help both KEM and ACS achieve our highest level goals. Will has helped us exceed our business goals by utilizing eye-catching images and captivating writing, while keeping the customer always in mind and employing a compelling understanding of SEO.

TIV LLC provides strategic social media management services.  Their efforts focus on engaging with their clients’ audiences and looking for new opportunities to increase reach and visibility across all platforms. Will’s success is based off a three prong strategy of Consult where he identifies his clients’ digital marketing goals and visions followed by Strategize to determine the social media accounts that best compliment their business then Execute to begin targeting monthly management of social media accounts including detailed analytics reporting.

KEM Proudly Becomes NDIA Member


In addition to appreciating our valued Strategic Partnerships during our #KEM10 celebration, KEM is the proud member of key Aerospace and Defense (A&D) organizations that protect American interests and create new opportunities domestically and internationally.

As of this month, KEM is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, NDIA. This membership is an essential resource for our business and compliments our Mission and core Department of Defense (DoD) and A&D capabilities.  NDIA’s mission statement:

NDIA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation.“

They are a vital resource within the Defense and Aerospace industry. With 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members, they connect industry leaders and operate abiding by 6 Strategic Priorities:

  • Advance Budget Stability
  • Expand International Security Cooperation and Interoperability
  • Gain Acquisition Agility and Regulatory Efficiency
  • Promote Innovation in Technology and Process
  • Foster Small Business Success
  • Strengthen the Defense Industrial Base and Workforce

As Trusted Advisors for DoD, Civilian Agencies, Federal Agencies and global Aerospace and Defense Commercial Firms, it is a true privilege to become a member of NDIA. Our team appreciates this unique opportunity to network within both the local chapter as well as across the country.

#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

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.

#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