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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.

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.

KEM Celebrates 10 Years – A Letter from our CEO – #KEM10

2018 represents a significant milestone for the KEM team – we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It offers a unique opportunity to reflect on this past decade and look toward the future and what is yet to come.

In a Letter from the President below, KEM CEO Ken Miller delivers a message of appreciation to members of the military as well as our strategic partners as the team moves forward. Thank you to all of our supporters, both local and across the world.

#WeAreKEM #KEM10 #TrustedAndProven

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KEM Supports Strategic Partner NADIC at 2018 Syttende Mai Gala

As KEM approaches its 10 year company anniversary, we continue to value and support our Strategic Partners that contribute greatly to our growth and success.

On May 17, 2018, NACCMA (The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Chapter) held the Syttende Mai Gala, a special event celebrating the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Capitol View at 400 in Washington, D.C.

Pictured: NADIC’s Vidar Skjelstad and KEM’s Ken Miller (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

KEM’s Ken Miller attended the Mai Gala in direct support of Strategic Partner, Vidar Skjelstad, President of both Kongsberg Defense Sysytems and NADIC. It was a honor and privilege to be present alongside Vidar and we value this opportunity to further strengthen NorAm relations now and toward the future.

In attending, KEM stands proudly with both Vidar and NADIC in celebrating Norway. We express appreciation to NACCMA, their sponsors and partners for executing this event, recognizing Norway’s significant achievements and impactful relationship with the United States.

2018 Syttende Mai Gala – Capitol View at 400 (Photo: NACCMA / Kristina Klakegg)

Ken Miller, CEO of #KEM, Presents at 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

As a team, KEM has been proud to attend the Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar in the past. This year, it was held at the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. over the span of two days, May 8th and 9th.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, was chosen as a speaker at 2018’s Seminar, presenting on Best Practices for Approaching Primes for System Sales and Partnerships to the U.S. and French executive teams of both Zodiac Aerospace and Safran

  • Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.” – zodiacaerospace.com
  • Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities.” – safran-group.com

It was a unique opportunity to discuss relevant Defense trends both as they stand today and looking toward the near future, to an esteemed audience of Defense industry leaders. KEM appreciates this chance to offer expertise and insight as a speaker and looks forward to attending in future years.

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM, speaking at the 2018 Zodiac Aerospace Defense Seminar

#KEM Supports the Container Revolution with Strategic Partner #ACS at Warrior West 2018

Change how you see your world…the revolution is a containerAdaptive Cargo Solutions

As a company, KEM is part of the revolution and is able innovate at a rapid pace, delivering the best value due to our proven Strategic Partners. Our team collaborates with our partners to foster ongoing business relationships to achieve the highest level of productivity within each of our core Capabilities.

Last week, KEM’s Ken Miller was honored and proud to attend the Warrior West Expo in San Diego, CA to support our strategic partner, Adaptive Cargo Solutions (ACS). This two day event, April 18th-19th, a Defense resource and training expo, offers a unique chance to meet and network with potential supporters within the industry.

KEM’s Ken Miller supporting the ACS team at the #WarriorExpo. Pictured (L toR) – Daniel Humphrey, Ken Miller, Shirlene Ostrov, Emille Bryant, Greg Milholland

ACS aims to start a revolution with their patented composite containers and it was a privilege to witness the product quality and to see the ARC containers demonstrated at such a key event.  This event served as a special opportunity for the team to come together to offer LIVE demos of featured products and to show appreciation for those interested in learning more about the vast pros of composite storage to the mass market.

Shirlene Ostrov and Donald Barnard of ACS pictured with KEM’s Ken Miller at the #WarriorExpo

KEM will continue to strengthen our relationship with ACS and the team is looking forward to attending Warrior East in July to offer our support toward both their exceptional mobility solution as well as a highly valued team of individuals.

Note: KEM has an ownership interest in ACS.