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#KEM Team Attends AFA Air Space & Cyber Convention 2017: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon

#KEM Team Attends #ASC17: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon. The nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from across the globe.

The #KEM team was excited to attend the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Convention, September 18 – 20, 2017, in the National Harbor, Maryland.

Our team had a successful week engaging with senior Air Force leadership and connecting with our strategic partners and clients in industry and government while engaging in meetings, discussions, and sessions focused on the latest strategies for technical and tactical advantage, international partnerships and alliances, and reformed business practices critical for strong U.S. defense and national security.  

We were thankful for the opportunity to connect with our friends in Air Force leadership and industry, academia & aerospace partners to work innovative solutions utilizing and growing #KEM core capabilities and domain areas to critical issues and challenges currently facing the U.S. warfighter and the aerospace market.

#KEM continues to work supporting our nation’s competitive edge through our #KEM Domain Areas in Missile Defense, Cyber, C4ISR, and Space in a continued response to Secretary of Defense James Mattis’   key note address reminder of America’s two fundamental sources of power, “inspiration and intimidation”.

#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
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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 Quarterly on Defense: What is a Continuing Resolution & Why Does it Matter?

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#KEM with top defense budget experts continues to monitor the start of FY 2107 on 1 October with DoD and the wider federal government’s funding from yet another continuing resolution (CR) through the opening months of the fiscal year.

Congress approved a simple stop-gap budget measure, the CR, on 28 September 2016 to keep DoD funded when FY 2017 began on 1 October.  The timing of this CR creates even more constrained and uncertain budget conditions further impacted by the ongoing impacts of sequestration, the November elections, and the inauguration and change of administrations in January 2017 with the attendant turnover of key personnel.

So What is a Continuing Resolution & Why Does it Matter?

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#KEM Quarterly on Defense: 2016 Defense Trend & 2017 Budget Request

With 2017 defense budget request release ($582.7 billion base budget and overseas contingent operations, 2/2/2016) & the President’s last State of the Union address (1/12/2016), it is key to take a moment for the A&D market to reflect and understand the trend for the rest of the year and his administration.

2017 Defense Budget Proposal

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As #KEM looks to the future and growing global challenges, we focus on Secretary Carter’s comments regarding trade-offs between force structure for modernization to support the U.S.’s technological innovation edge across air, land, sea, cyber, space, and electronic warfare.

Carter further outlined five challenges for budget planning including Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism that will focus DoD for FY 2017.

SD spoke at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

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“Where trade-offs among force structure, modernization and readiness posture needed to be made, we generally pushed to favor the latter two. This is important, because our military has to have the agility and ability to win not only the wars that could happen today, but also the wars that could happen in the future,” SECDEF Carter, Economic Club of Washington.

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Check out Ken Miller’s Speech: Rethinking Defense Acquisition (#KEM at Capitol Hill, 11.13.2015)

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Kenneth E. Miller, CEO & President of KEM and Associates LLC

On 11/13/2015 #KEM’s Kenneth E. Miller had the opportunity to be one of the highlighted speakers at Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform Event.

Below is a copy of Ken’s remarks and a CSPAN stream of the entire event focused on the extremely complex subject of Defense Acquisition Reform while providing our warfighters the capabilities they need to keep them and our nation safe.  It was an honor to be included in this event and to partner with Lexington Institute.

Watch CSPAN stream:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?400704-1/discussion-defense-acquisition.

Check Out Kenneth Miller’s Speech: Rethinking Defense Acquisition:

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Connect Here for Photos & Commentary- including gracious remarks by The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, on Ken Miller’s Speech

#KEM Goes to Capitol Hill – Speaker at Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform Event, 11.13.2015

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Kenneth E. Miller and Lauren Durante Longwell of KEM and Associates LLC at Defense Acquisition Reform Event 11.13.15 on Capitol Hill (right to left)

KEM and Associates’ CEO, Kenneth E. Miller,  joined by his Director of Strategic Analysis and Communications, Lauren Durante Longwell, was honored to go to Capitol Hill as a highlighted speaker at The Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Event on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Mr. Miller was honored to be included in The Lexington Institute’s esteemed speaker group discussing the extremely complex subject of Defense Acquisition Reform while focused on providing warfighters the capabilities they need to keep them and our great nation safe. 

Ken Miller’s remarks that, “Over my 35 years in government and six plus years in private consulting there are many ideas being championed to improve the Acquisition process; however, in my view “THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS” nor “A SINGLE SILVER BULLET” to improve or energize the process.  DO we need to rethink Defense Acquisition or just improve what we have now?  Today, we have 4 key areas that must be aligned for program success: Requirements, Acquisition, Budget / Congress and Private Sector communities.  My view is that improving congruency and harmonization of these 4 key communities will do a lot to improve the process.” resonated with many of the speakers, media, and industry leadership

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The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and Kenneth E. Miller at Rayburn House Office building 11.13.15 (right to left)

The Honorable Christine Fox, former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and current Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, noted Ken Miller’s 11.13.15 comments graciously in her own outstanding remarks surrounding the need for new game changing capabilities that give operators applications that work today by stating that, “I hope everyone wrote down Ken Miller’s list – Spot On, on what we need to do”.  

KEM continues to support their strategic partners and clients globally to build responsive, adaptable, and agile capabilities that are affordable yet keeping pace with technology and international threats.  KEM continues to work daily to support their corporate mission: Support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions for our global clients.

Thank you again to The Lexington Institute including Mac Carey and Constance Baroudos for all their valuable efforts on behalf of the warfighter and for including KEM and Associates LLC in this forum.