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#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 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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#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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#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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#KEM Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance & Congratulates Admiral Harris (USPACOM) & Admiral Swift (USPACFLT)

KEM’s Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance

As Secretary of Defense Ash Carter refers to the Asia-Pacific region as “The Defining region of our Nation’s Future”, KEM and Associates continues to focus on utilizing our capabilities and domain areas in sea, air and space to build networks and opportunities during the Asia-Pacific rebalance.

KEM has worked with clients and associates over the last decade striving to keep peace, enable prosperity, and strengthen partnerships for continued U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

We continue to focus with our proven network of associates on Logistics, Capacity Building & Strategy capability areas supporting U.S. defense priorities and security architecture in this region.

With great pride, KEM congratulates both Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr as he assumes command of the U.S. Pacific Command & Admiral Scott H. Swift as he assumes command of  the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015.

 With an understanding of the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region, Ken Miller, CEO, KEM and Associates LLC, shares:

 “I could think of no one better for these commands.  Admiral Harris and Admiral Swift are both well suited for these big jobs and tasks at hand.”  Kenneth E. Miller

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Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. salutes Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, left, during the joint change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Johans Chavarro)

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Adm. Scott H. Swift reads his orders as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet from Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. on Wednesday. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Diana Quinlan)

#KEM on Bilateral Defense Trade Cooperation: Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2015

Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2015, The National Press Club April 2015

KEM joined prominent guest speakers from the Norwegian and American governments, military, and defense & homeland industries to discuss

Bilateral Defense Trade Cooperation:   Theory vs Practice.  

 

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Norway’s Foreign Minister, Borge Brende at Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2015 in front of KEM’s logo

NADIC Agenda 2015

NADIC Agenda 2015

KEM’s Ken Miller also had the honor to present at NADIC’s Kongsberg Defense Systems’ SymposiumU.S. Department of Defense Overview & Trends: FY15 & FY16 Training

KEM is a proud partner of  the Norwegian-American Defense Industry/Homeland Security Council (NADIC) working along side to develop and promote the business and commercial interests of the Norwegian/American defense and homeland security industries within the United States, and to ensure a “fair” competitive environment in U.S. markets.

NADIC membership is open to Norwegian companies and U.S. companies with manufacturing operations and support services in Norway that comprise the Norwegian defense and security industrial base with an interest in strengthening ties between Norwegian and U.S. defense and homeland security organizations.

#KEM Quarterly on Defense: President’s DoD FY 2016 Budget Proposal & Sequestration Impacts

The President’s DoD FY 2016 DoD Budget Proposal (PBR) provides $534B for the base budget and $51B in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for a total of $585B. 

The PBR strives to reverse the decline in national defense spending over the past 5 years in order to counter threats while ensuring force readiness, capacity, capability & modernization.

KEM believes Sequestration’s funding levels degrade military readiness, force size & lives of our troops.

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