#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 Values Strength through Diversity: Honoring DoD STEM Contributions during National African American History Month & National Engineers’ Week


#KEM joins the nation in celebrating National African American History Month (1-26 February) and National Engineers’ Week (19-25 February).

We honor all African Americans who have served our armed forces and contributed significantly to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) legacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) cultivating a “stronger, more diverse” military and civilian force.

In the spirit of National African American History Month and National Engineers’ Week, #KEM stays committed to ensuring a diverse and well educated STEM future workforce.  We develop and promote diverse present and future Aerospace and Defense (A&D) STEM teams and industry leaders that create effective solutions as DoD challenges rapidly increase globally through the following activities:


Major General Robert S. Ferrell, U.S. Army, shares #KEM’s value of “Strength through Diversity” best in the below video: “The strength of our Army is when all service members are working together to accomplish a common goal”.



Mr. Charlie Williams, former DCMA Director, as #KEM Strategic Partner

KEM ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY: Contract Management Advisory Services

Our Team Spotlight

Charlie Williams

Providing world class, hands-on consultation and advice in support of federal contracting and acquisition challenges.

#KEM prides ourselves in having innovative leaders like Mr. Charlie Williams, former Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), as a strategic partner.  Mr. Williams supports the overall #KEM mission by providing superior strategic advice and support in all matters of acquisition planning, contract formation, and general contract management processes.

#KEM provides consulting and advisory services to support our clients’ success in the complex and highly regulated government contracts environment while striving to ensure quality capabilities are delivered to the warfighter.  We advise and assist in all phases of the government acquisition process, from devising procurement and pricing strategies, pre-solicitation discussions, proposal development, contract terms, contracting intelligence, and negotiation and continuing on through contract administration.  Our team and network has broad and deep executive experience within the Department’s Acquisition community and Federal Acquisition (FAR) expertise. 

Learn More about Charlie Williams, our valued and proven strategic partner and contracts management advisory services team member:


April 2016 Government Acquisition Process Competitive Intelligence

As part of our contracts management advisory services, #KEM continually monitors the evolution of #DoD policies and procedures.  For example, this month the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) published two memos that will begin to impact the processes that #DoD uses to award contracts to industry very soon:

  • The “Guidance on Using Incentive and Other Contract Types”  focuses on Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0’s mission to strengthen DoD’s “buying power, industry productivity, and providing an affordable, value-added military capability to the warfighter”.  This guidance focuses selecting an appropriate contract incentive structure that balances risk and reward to motivate better performance while aligning government and industry goals.
  • A new “Department of Defense Source Selection Procedures” document expands the discussion of both  the Tradeoff and Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection procedures consistent with the BBP mandate.  (The prior SSP document dated March 4, 2011 has been rescinded.)In particular, updated guidance is provided for matching a program’s requirements with an appropriate source selection process that lies along the best value continuum.

Want to learn more about What is Better Buying Power? Check out the #BBP3 focus areas