What We Do – KEM is a global team creating trusted and innovative solutions helping to keep the warfighter safe. We are a strategy and innovation leader specializing in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry specializing globally in the following domain areas: Missile Defense, Cybersecurity, Aviation Manned and Unmanned, C4ISR, Electronic Warfare, Shipbuilding, and Space.KEM Trifold 2017ff_back
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”.
As the KEM team approaches its 3rd year being active in the social media community, we would like to thank you for engaging with us in our online journey.
Recently, our Facebook page has surpassed 2,000 likes, a milestone for which we want to express our appreciation to all of you that read our content, as well as our blogs that we maintain across our social media. We will continue to document our journey as a team and we value our virtual supporters both locally and across the world!
KEM also wants to recognize a key member of our communication’s team, Will Vith. We thank Will for his hard work and creative spirit in our digital space helping KEM share our story and execute our mission.
- 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 was Proud to Attend, Support, and Present at a Full Week of Norwegian-American Defense-Industrial Activities in the Heart of the World’s Largest Defense Market!
- NADIC’s 5th Anniversary Norwegian-American Defense Conference, on the topic of SMART Alliances
- 5th Anniversary NADIC Reception & Dinner at the Capitol Hill Club
- Ambassador’s Networking Reception at his Residence
- Navy League SeaAirSpace conference and exposition, the largest Navy tradeshow in the United States
- Participated in the NADIC B2B Matchmaker meeting series, aimed at developing Norwegian-American business relationships
- Presenter at Kongsberg Defense Systems Seapower Conference
In the face of significant security landscape shifts, #KEM’s team is honored to continue supporting NADIC in order to build and sustain Superior, Mature, Agile, Ready & Technological driven (SMART) alliances.
Able to Strike a Defense Balance? Defense Increases for 2018, $30 Billion Supplemental for 2017
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 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 LLCKEM 2017 Letter from the Presidentv2
KEM and Associates LLC is committed to strengthening relationships between the United States and Norway. KEM employs our strategy practice to support strengthening maritime-surveillance alliance, developing the best capabilities, and expanding strategic relationships to provide dependable situational awareness and collaborative operations. We look forward to continued work with our strategic partners to strengthen the operational capability, deepen U.S.-Norwegian relations, and stay committed to global security.
NADIC seeks to enhance existing relationships by promoting awareness of capabilities, products and services offered by the Norwegian defense and security community. NADIC is a trade association that has been established to develop and promote the business and commercial interests of the Norwegian/American defense and homeland security industries within the United States. It studies relevant opportunities and facilitates stronger ties between Norway and the U.S., while encouraging a “fair” competitive environment in U.S. markets.
The KEM executive leadership team looks forward to once again attending NADIC’s signature event, the Norwegian-American Defense Conference 2017. This conference will be held at The National Press Club, Washington D.C., on April 6, 2017. Our team with key partners will continue to collaborate with representatives from the American and Norwegian industries, military, and government to discuss opportunities for improved bilateral relations between the U.S. and Norway.
#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?kem-defense-quarterly_oct-2016
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KEM continues to monitor and work with partners on the FY 2016 Defense Budget Strategy’s ability to ensure that U.S. Armed Forces are “agile, efficient, ready, and lethal” and able to sustain national defense capacities in a complex and unsafe world.
This ability is eroding due to a combination of (but not limited to) the following:
- Acquisition system dysfunctions and growing budget uncertainty (Sequestration, BCA Caps, CR again & using OCO to fill the gaps
- Emerging and unprecedented global threats including sophistication of cyber capabilities and military intelligence
- Rapid technology changes and a closing technology gap
- Required 21st Century U.S. DoD personnel reforms
As Defense Secretary Ash Carter remarked at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., October 14, 2015, “We cannot as a nation allow this to become the new normal,” he said. “In today’s security environment we need to be dynamic and we need to be responsive. What we have now is a straitjacket.”
Add to this that for the 7th year in a row Congress has failed to pass a defense appropriations bill while for 4 years The Department of Defense (DoD) has worked against sequestration impacts, as noted by Secretary Carter, further impacts DoD’s ability to preserve agility and responsiveness. In addition to providing for the common defense, it is key for the U.S. to provide funding for identified platforms and programs noted in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 above and beyond the necessary operations and maintenance activities.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a bill that does not appropriate funding but sets the funding. The NDAA creates the authority to spend money on a wider range of programs across the different services; however, due to the continuing resolution (CR) passed on 9/30/2015, this stop gap measure keeps spending at FY 2015 levels with a slight bump due to the temporary war fund.
KEM continues to monitor and work with partners on the FY 2016 Defense Budget Strategy especially over the next week as the President is expected to veto the NDAA FY 2016 mainly due to funding concerns in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.
KEM DEFENSE QUARTERLY – October 2015:kem-defense-quarterly_oct-2015
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